Tisane vs Tea

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To continue with beverages that contain rosemary, I thought I’d share a few more favorites. Rosemary hot toddy & rosemary tisane, er tea?

Let’s talk about that one first, since it happens to be the tea lovers topic of debate. What’s the difference between a tisane, and tea? Here’s the short hand –
Tisane is any herbal, non caffeinated infusion.
Tea is an infusion of the tea leaf ( camellia sinensis) which contains caffeine. That’s it. So, why the confusion? The folks hard at work supplying the worlds stock of tea probably figured it wasn’t hurting sales. I’m glad we cleared that up.

Moving on, to make a tisane use either dried or fresh herbs. Pour hot ( just under boiling point) water. Steep to your preference, add honey and enjoy!

Now, hot toddies! Traditionally this is made with tea, scotch and honey ( and lemon). I cheated and used a homemade rosemary tincture ( rosemary infused vodka). Pour hot water and honey into your mug, add rosemary tincture to your liking. I like a lot so, I went for 2 ounce.

Why is Rosemary so great? For one it’s the BEST thing you could consume on repeat during the dreary months. It’s a mood booster, stimulates your blood flow, clears your mind and combats depression. It is antiseptic, anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, anti stress and chock full of vitamins. That’s the short list of the MANY benefits rosemary holds in it’s pungent woody stalks.

I hope my rant encourages you to forage a few clippings from your neighbors yard. If you are lucky enough to have a shub, share it!

Health & happiness,
Summer

Blood orange and rosemary infused gin.

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My sister brought me a bag of glorious citrus from her orchard. Naturally I dreamt up a few ways to make it boozy.

I’ve been enjoying the labors of my herbal tinctures and thought it would be fun/ interesting to combined the ideas of limoncello and herbal infusions.

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I’m hoping for the outcome to be earthy and bright, sweet and savory. A cordial ? An aperitif ? A liqueur?
Or maybe I just started a batch of shrubs…. In any case, it’s a fun and easy experiment to enjoy in the warmer months. Prolonging the bounty of winter citrus.

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Oh, one more thing. I’m a gin girl, so I used gin as my alcohol of choice. Use whatever you like.

Blood orange and rosemary infused gin-

6 blood oranges
2 springs of rosemary
2.5 cups of gin
.5 cups of water

Wash, dry And cut up the oranges. Repeat with rosemary, make sure to remove the woody stem. Put all the ingredients in a jar and seal it tight. Give her a good shake. Hide in the back of your cupboard. Try to remember to shake it once a week, but know you’ll find it in June and it will be fine.

Make a cocktail, add it to sangria, pour it over ice and enjoy!!

Xoxo,
Summer