Almost two years ago I went to brunch and had my first amazing iced ginger tisane at The Pond House Cafe in Hartford. I just loved the flavors and went home and tried making some of my own. I’ve been having fun messing around with the flavors and just recently added mint to it and think I found my new favorite iced summer drink. Well next to smoothies but that’s another day.
What is a “tisane”? Pronounced ti-zan, a tisane is an herbal infusion that is not made with leaves from a tea plant. So in other words you can buy Ginger Tea at your local grocery store but it has tea leaves, thus it is a tea. Tisane is the absence of the tea leaves.
Ginger is packed with flavor and just makes me happy smelling it, it is also great for a few aliments too. See here comes that “let food be thy medicine” bit again. I use it for upset stomach, allergies, and colds.
When selecting ginger make sure the skin is smooth so you know all the juice is still in there and it’s not all drying out. Also it should make a nice snap when you break a piece off. Then give if it a smell. It should smell like ginger. If it’s dark, looking odd or has mold on it don’t buy it. You can buy a large chunk and break off what you need and put the rest in the freezer for another day.
Peeling ginger is easy. You can use a spoon to scrape off the outer skin or use a vegetable peeler. For the following recipe you don’t have to make sure you get off every little bit. Heck I’ve been sick and just chopped the ginger up into pieces to make a warm tisane with the skin on. Just was too tired to take the extra step honestly.
Ginger Mint Tisane
6 cups water
1/4 cup peeled and chopped fresh ginger (chop into rustic chunks, no fancy stuff needed)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (or to your taste, you can even add lime juice)
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
Optional: honey or agave to sweeten. Lemon or lime wedges to serve with the tisane.
1. In a pot put your ginger chunks and water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 20 mins.
2. The last 5 mins toss in the mint leaves to simmer in your tisane.
3. Strain off tisane into a favorite heat proof serving container. At this point add in the lemon juice and stir. You can add your honey or sugar if you like to sweeten it but I like to allow people to sweeten their own.
4. Once cooled, fill a glass with ice, pour tisane over ice, add lemon wedge, kick back and enjoy.