Honeybush, ginger, lemongrass, sage, osmanthus flowers, and lavender bitters
No. 29: Forever young.
Bring spring or freshly drawn filtered water to a boil (212°F) and pour 2 cups over sachet.
Steep 5 minutes, discard sachet and top off to one quart with filtered water.
Stir briskly, serve over ice, and squeeze every ounce out of summer while it lasts.
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- Select an Ingredient:
- ginger root
- osmanthus flower
Ginger, used in many cultures to enliven food and drink, is also known for its healthful qualities. A light stimulant, it can treat cold symptoms and sore throat. Ginger is cultivated most prominently in India, China, Indonesia and West Africa. After the plant flowers and the leaves die off, the roots are dug, washed, peeled and sun dried. Ginger’s spicy-sweet flavor adds spark and complexity to our Big Hibiscus.
India is located in Southern Asia and is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations (Indus Valley shout out). It is a country rich in history, culture, religion, geography and so much more, and has been famous since ancient times as a source for spices that continue to be coveted around the world. Our ginger comes from several regions in India and is harvested multiple times during the year.
South African Botanical
Honeybush is an evergreen shrub, closely related to rooibos, that grows in the eastern Cape of South Africa. Although there have been attempts at cultivating and farming honeybush, most species are found and harvested in nature, also known as wildcrafting. The slender leaves, stems and flowers are hand cut and then allowed to oxidize in the sun. Honeybush is known to be high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, similar to rooibos. As the name implies, it has a distinctly honey-like aroma. Naturally caffeine-free, honeybush has notes of peach, cedar and sweetgrass, with a pinkish golden hue in the cup.
Clanwilliam is a small farming town of 7,000 nestled between the Cederburg Mountains and the Olifants River in Western Cape, South Africa and is ground zero for the world's supply of Honeybush, which is harvested in September and October.
Lemongrass is a tall stalky plant native to SE Asia and a prized culinary ingredient. Beloved for its lemony flavor that stands up well to cooking, lemongrass is also known for its health benefits and has been known to contain inflammation-fighting and anti-anxiety compounds.
Thailand is in the center of mainland Southeast Asian. It encompasses diverse ecosystems from hilly forested areas in the north to rugged coasts along the southern peninsula and has a long agricultural history dating back to 2,000 BCE.
Osmanthus is a species of evergreen shrubs and trees native to Asia. Its flowers are extremely fragrant and when made into a tea have strong peach notes. A favorite of Steve's, we use this botanical in our signature White Petal blend.
Zhejiang Province is located in Eastern China, directly south of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. These three areas made up a region known in earlier times as the "Land of Fish and Rice". Today, Zhejiang still holds up its end of the bargain as home to China's largest fishery and as one of the largest food producers, along with leading in tea production. Osmanthus is harvested here in the summer to be blended with tea, herbs or enjoyed on its own.
Sage is a perennial, evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region and has been established in many places throughout the world. It is a member of the mint family and has a long history of medicinal and culinary applications. Beloved for its savory flavor, it appears in many European cuisines, particularly Italian, Balkan, and Middle Eastern.
Turkey is one of the oldest permanently settled regions in the world and bridges Europe and Asia. Turkey is nestled in the Anatolia Peninsula and is home to many cultivated plants since the introduction of agriculture. In addition to its vast biodiversity, Turkey has a diverse culture influenced by a blend of other cultures during migration between the two continents.