Hot and humid, these dog days require additional thirst-quenching. If you’re not a water fan and don’t want the caffeine in iced coffee and iced tea, take a long, cool look at herbal iced tea.
We’ve been brewing and icing quite a few herbal teas these days, including a sprightly assortment from Pukka, a U.K. brand that is expanding in the U.S. It hits what we call the food trifecta: fair trade and sustainable, certified organic and certified kosher (OU).
To show yow much fun you can have with herbal tea, here’s a sampling of the blends (which are delicious iced or hot):
Green Chai: herbal tea with cinnamon and star anise
Lemongrass & Ginger
Licorice & Cinnamon
Love: rose, chamomile and lavender flower
Morning Time: rooibos, honeybush & red ginseng for a caffeine-free lift
Peppermint & Licorice
Refresh: peppermint, fennel & rose
Revitalise: cinnamon, cardamom and ginger
Three Ginger: ginger, galangal and golden turmeric
Pick one, ice it, relax. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.
Three Mint: peppermint, spearmint and field mint tea
Tulsi: green tulsi, purple tulsi and lemon tulsi tea, used to uplift and restore
Vanilla Chai: herbal tea with cinnamon and sweet vanilla
The company pays close attention to the quality of the plants they blend, finding the most potent, vibrant and flavorful herbs. Best sellers include Three Mint, Peppermint and Licorice, and Lemongrass and Ginger. See all of the blends at PukkaHerbs.com.
If you use ice in your iced tea, make ice cubes from the same tea as well: The flavors won’t get diluted.