This rosemary infused tea, called a tisane, is made by steeping rosemary and honey in hot water. Healthy, easy, and a spa treatment for your insides.
According to author Elsa Petersen-Schepelern, an infused tea such as this is known a tisane in French, which is essentially an infusion of any herbs, flowers, or leaves. “In early times,” explains the author, “they were seen as cures for many ailments. Nowadays, people drink them because they taste good. Tisanes can also be made with chamomile flowers, lemon balm, marjoram, sage, thyme, and orange blossoms.”
You can make them in a tisaniere, as author Petersen-Schepelern explains, which 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. Originally published August 19th, 2010.–Elsa Petersen-Schepelern
Rosemary Infused Tea
- 4 to 6 sprigs of rosemary or 6 tablespoons orange pekoe tea leaves in a diffuser
- 1 to 2 teaspoons honey at room temperature
- Place the rosemary and honey in a French press or teapot, cover with boiling water, and let the mixture infuse for about 5 minutes.
- Plunge or strain the rosemary infused tea and sip it warm or at room temperature.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
So easy and perfect! This infused tea has the gentle whisper of rosemary and honey that’s just perfect on a super-hot day. It’s great poured over crushed ice, and if you want to perk it up a bit, a sprig of fresh rosemary does the trick. I used my French press and it was the way to go. I’m so excited about this process that I’m trying basil today to see what I can conjure.
Originally published July 25, 2018