Tisane is a French word which means an infusion of herbs, flowers, or leaves. In other words, a kind of tea. In early times, they were seen as cures for many ailments. Nowadays, people drink them because they taste good. They’re usually made with dried herbs, although I prefer tisanes made with fresh ingredients. Tisanes can also be made with chamomile flowers, lemon balm, marjoram, sage, thyme, and orange blossoms.–Elsa Petersen-Schepelern
LC A Traditional Tisaniere Note
A tisaniere, as author Elsa Petersen-Schepelern explains, is simply a tall, lidded cup with a strainer inside to hold herbs. You can sometimes happen upon them in antique shops, flea markets, and the online like, though they’re not at all essential for making tisane. A French press or a tea pot works quite well, thank you.
Rosemary Tisane Recipe
Hands-On Time: 1 minute | Total Time: 10 minutes | Serves 1 to 2
- 4 to 6 sprigs of rosemary, or 6 tablespoons orange pekoe tea leaves in a diffuser
- 1 to 2 teaspoons honey, at room temperature
- 1. Place the rosemary and honey in a French press or teapot, cover with boiling water, and let the mixture infuse for about 5 minutes.
- 2. Plunge or strain the rosemary infused tea and sip it warm or at room temperature.
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Rosemary Tisane Recipe © 1992 Elsa Petersen-Schepelern. Photo © 2010 Ryland Peters & Small. All rights reserved.