I have written about this amazing drink before and I can’t tell you just how awesome it is when it come on a hot summer day.. I have tried to make it with dried herbs and at least for me, it needs to be made with fresh picked from the garden, making this a very special drink that is really good only for the spring summer and early fall months..
Sometimes having some thing only be really good for half the year just makes you crave it even more.. its a sweet/sour mint drink, I have learn to lower the sugar content, increase the herb content, and play around with the vinagers..
Here is my current spring version (while my apple mints are coming up, compared to the nettles, they are just starting) so you use what you have.
Most Basic Version possible.
- 2 cups of washed picked fresh nettle leaves
- 1 cup to 2 cups of sugar (can use half the honey but it effects the flavour)
- 1/2 cup of white wine vinager.
- 4 cups of water
Put your freshly picked nettles into pot, cover with cold water, add sugar and vinagers and simmer for 20 min, strain and cool/fridge.. the portions are 1/3rd of this mix to 2/3 rds cold water for the tea itself..
Note, I have tried apple cider vinager as well but I find for that one as least I like the white wine one better..
Nettle and Mint
This is by far a more popular version and I have two taste tasters try it and they both really liked it.. its a fuller flavour to me then the nettle only version.
Make it one cup of nettles and one cup of fresh picked apple mint.. I have used both white wine and apples vinager and both are excellent in this one..
Nettle, Mint and Wild Violets Flowers
- 1 cup of nettles
- 1 cup of apple mint
- 1/2 a cup of freshly picked violets
Follow the directions above but do try this version with red wine vinager for a interesting twist..
For the mints, do give them a large chop up and a good bruise just before adding them to the pot for the simmer..