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Makes about 4 cups; 4 servings

"I was first introduced to tisane at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. I loved the bright flavors that fresh herbs gave to tea," says Sunset reader Rofina Wilenchik, who makes this herbal tea contribution.

 2 stalks fresh lemon grass (about 12 in.), rinsed
 2 lemon thyme or regular thyme sprigs (3 to 4 in.), rinsed
 24 spearmint, peppermint, or mint sprigs (6 to 8 in.; use 1 kind or a combination), rinsed
 4 slices (size of a quarter) fresh ginger, crushed
 5 thin lemon or lime slices
 1 bag (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) peppermint tea
Step 1

In 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring 4 cups water to a boil.

Step 2

Meanwhile, trim off and discard tough ends of lemon grass and pull off coarse outer leaves. Thinly slice stalks.

Step 3

Add lemon grass, thyme, mint, ginger, lemon slices, and tea to boiling water. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand (steep) 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Pour tisane liquid through a fine strainer into a teapot or pitcher. Serve hot, or cool with ice.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes about 4 cups; 4 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 9.9Calories from Fat 9.1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 8.3mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 3.3g2%

Dietary Fiber 0.0g0%
Protein 0.3g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.