You can’t have summer in the South without a jar of ice cold sweet tea. Porch sittin’ & sweet tea sippin’…that’s just what we do around here.
If you are up for a little bit of foraging, you can customize your tea this summer. There are tons of edible herbs, flowers, and weeds that make yummy and healthy additions to hot & cold drinks alike. Our yard is full of dandelions & clover so my foraging adventures have been focused on those two plants. My kids LOVE to pick flowers, weeds, herbs, grass, and anything else they can get their little dirt-covered hands on so I sent them out to pick a basket of white clover for me. I played around with the clover & different herbs to put a yummy twist on this Southern summertime favorite!
*If you have severe allergies, please be cautious with this recipe.
White Clover Iced Tea with Mint & Honey
Never tried clover? No need to worry!
Clover is surprisingly sweet. It has a light grassy flavor that is perfect to refresh and hydrate you on a hot summer day!
- 1/2 cup dried clover blossoms
- 2 cups water
- 2 mint sprigs + 1 for garnish
- raw honey
- ice cubes
- flour sack towel, muslin cloth, or reusable tea bag
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- Gather clover from your yard then rinse & dehydrate the blossoms. You can dehydrate clover in a dehydrator, the oven, or in a solar oven (my favorite).
- Measure out 1/2 cup of dried clover blossoms
- Place the clover blossoms and 2 sprigs of fresh mint onto a flour sack towel, muslin cloth, or tea bag.
- Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan
- Remove the water from heat & allow the clover and mint to steep in the hot water for 3-5 minutes. Steep longer for a stronger flavor.
- Pour the freshly brewed tea into a mason jar & add 1-2 TBSP of raw, local honey .
- Add 4-5 ice cubes & garnish with another mint sprig.
You can also enjoy this as a hot tea… Just pour the tea straight from the stove into a tea cup & drink it up 🙂
This refreshing beverage doesn’t take the place of our staple sweet tea, but it does offer a light and fresh alternative if you want to switch things up a bit!
Have you ever cooked with clover?