Hibiscus rosehip tisane
This is by far, the drink I have the most. Tisanes are herbal infusions that may be classified as medicinal or not. Many tisanes are high in antioxidants and nutrients. Some have long histories of medicinal use, while others are typically consumed for enjoyment.
Tisanes, like herbal teas, are caffeine free and can be served hot or cold. They have a long history dating back to ancient China and Egypt. There are several types of tisanes: leaf, flower, bark, root, berry, seed, and spice. Blends are often created depending on the season. This tisane is a blend of flower and spice making the perfect drink for August and September.
1/3 cup rose buds (or rosehips)
3 tablespoons cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
6 cups boiling water
1-2 tablespoons manuka honey (optional)
Add dried flowers and spices to a bowl or pitcher and pour boiling water over. If using sweetener, add now. Let steep 8-10 minutes. Strain, let cool, and chill. Option to drink warm or serve over ice.
Aluminum pots should never be used to prepare tisanes. Aluminum is a very reactive metal and can react with the herb, producing a toxic beverage.