Thursday of last week was one of the only rainy days of the summer, and while it foiled our backyard dinner plans with Ciara, it was a nice excuse for a cozy, indoor day. And no matter the temperature or time of year, “cozy, indoor day” implies a mug of tea.
I took advantage of the rain to try Yvette Van Boven’s recipe for sage lemon tea, which had the additional benefit of using up the package of sage that’s been sitting in our fridge for ages. While many of the recipes in her cookbook were beyond the scope of my current leisure time/expendable budget/interest (I don’t expect to ever make my own cheese, for example), this was one of the dozen that I wrote out on recipe cards before returning the book to the library. Simple, cozy and generous enough to fill two oversized mugs, I liked the smell of it in my kitchen and the sweet-savory-tang of each sip. Sweatpants, moccasins, a mug of tea you can wrap both hands around – completely worth the rainy day.
Sage & Lemon Tea
from Home Made
1 small sprig of fresh sage
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 generous tbsp honey
1. In a medium saucepan, boil 4 cups of water. Add sage, lemon zest & honey, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside for 20-30 minutes. Strain and serve.