This tea tastes great. In fact, it tastes a bit like iced tea but with a hint of sweet hawthorn fragrance when served cool. This tea is so refreshing and aperitive. I love a cup of this tea after a heavy meal has been had. This is because hawthorn is known to aid in digestion and support the functions of the stomach and spleen. The Medical Center at the University of Maryland also sited that hawthorn could benefit those with hypertension and heart disease.
This particular recipe is also very easy to make and takes about 15 minutes to make. It only requires a handful of dried hawthorn berry slices (which you can buy conveniently online in small quantities), honey (I prefer raw unprocessed types), and some ice cubes. This tea can be prepared in advance and stored in a glass pitcher inside the refrigerator. It is a great alternative to a plain regular iced tea.
- 2 tbsp of hawthorn berry slices
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tsp of raw honey
- 5 - 6 ice cubes
- Boil 2 cups of water in a small pot. In the meanwhile, wash the hawthorn to rinse away any debris.
- Add the hawthorn to the boiling water. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
- Pour the hot hawthorn tea into a glass pitcher. Add 1 tsp of honey and stir. Then add 5-6 ice cubes to cool the tea. Serve at room temperature or chilled.