Midsummer...longest day of the year...shortest night…however you think of this time of the season, the Summer Solstice is a delightful way to celebrate the fullness and abundance of the summer! When my kids were small and we lived in the Midwest, we'd celebrate the Solstice with an evening picnic and I'd let them stay up, chase fireflies, search for fairies, and experience a magical night. Since they grew up with a gardener for a mom, they thought nothing of pulling off leaves of lemon balm, mint, and rose petals to munch or to use in their own childish versions of "tea" made by muddling fresh herbs in a pot and covering them with water.
While my kids are all grown now, the Summer Solstice brings back a flood of magical memories and all of them seem to be centered around the delight of a garden at night. As you commemorate this annual passage of time, here's a simple recipe for a tea that is delicious served hot or cold. It takes advantage of the garden's offerings at this very time of year. Add a little sparkling wine or champagne and you've got a memorable grown-up beverage too!
Magical Summer Solstice Tea
- 1 Tablespoon organic Rose Petals, fresh or dried
- 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint, fresh or dried
- 1 teaspoon organic Lemongrass, fresh or dried
- 1 teaspoon organic Lemon Balm, fresh or dried
Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser or tea bag. Bring water to a boil and pour 2 cups over herbs and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain and serve. This makes enough for two cups of tea, but feel free to multiply for a larger pot or a pitcher of iced tea (for iced tea, brew and then let chill). Add a splash or two of blubbly, if desired and garnish with fresh herbs.