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Lime nettle iced tea + honey simple syrup

lime nettle iced tea + honey simple syrup

A refreshing, light tea perfect for spring and summer.
Recipe makes about 1 liter (2 pints) of iced tea and 240ml (1 cup) honey syrup.

Ingredients

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Tea

  • 1 liter (4 1/4 cups) water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 55g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • about 60g (2 cups) fresh nettle leaves

Honey syrup

  • 120ml (1/2 cup) honey of choice
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) water

For serving

  • ice cubes, fresh mint, one sliced lime

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water with lime juice and sugar. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add nettle.
  2. Let steep for 10-15 minutes, then drain into a pitcher or bottle. Cool to room temperature, then continue cooling in the fridge.
  3. To make syrup, combine honey and water in a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Transfer to a small jar or bottle and let cool to room temperature before using.
  4. Serving:
    Serve chilled tea with ice cubes, few mint leaves and a slice of lemon. Add as much honey syrup as you wish and stir it in.
  5. Drink the tea within a day or two.

Notes

For a stronger taste you can let the nettle steep for longer or simply use more nettle.

Store honey simple syrup in the fridge for up to 14 days, shake before use. To make a stronger or lighter honey syrup adjust the amount of honey used. A lot depends on your preferences and the type of honey you use.
If you want to do more reading, there’s a great article on Serious Eats about honey and its use in cocktails.