While the weather is still warm and herbs are full grown, consider the possibilities for making creative iced drinks. Add some fresh herbs from your garden! Many herbs are very easy to grow, requiring only full sun and well-drained soil.
Flavored sun tea is an easy iced drink to make, and is a favorite for children. Combine tea bags, water and herbs. Have your child choose the herbs; this will keep them involved in the process. Explore the herbs flavors and colors with your child, they love to rub the leaves and sniff the fragrance of herbs!
Six tea bags should be added to a glass container, add your herbs of choice, and fill with water (approximately 2 quarts). Place the container in a sunny location and let stand for 4-5 hours. When the tea is at the desired color and taste place in the refrigerator (serve within 24 hrs), honey can be added to sweeten. Enjoy your refreshing drink!
For a toasty alternative, try making a homemade hot tea. Fresh or dried herbs of your choice can be added to boiling water. Children often like the more mild flavored teas that have edible flowers and leaves for instance, chamomile, mint leaves or even lemon balm. This can be a warming and healthy alternative to hot chocolate.
Add dried herbs, (1 to 2 tbsp), or 1 cup of fresh herbs to two cups of boiling water. Reduce heat and steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Pour through a strainer. Enjoy your warming tea!