As I was making my cold brew coffee last night ready for my early morning class a sad little thought popped into my head, summer was coming to an end. There will be no point preparing my cold brew in the upcoming month as German winters can be a little brutal. instead of cold drinks I will begin to lean towards a warm brew but I am very cautious not to over indulge my coffee addiction so I am always on the lookout for alternatives.
During my time time living in China I didn’t really drink a lot of coffee for two main reasons. The first being its lack of popularity which led to the second reason which was the price. At that time I just couldn’t afford to be spending all my pennies on coffee so I joined the masses and drank tea, green tea for that matter.
Being a tea drinker was not new to me. Tea drinking is defiantly a part of my British culture. we drink tea when we are warm, cold, happy or sad. No matter if you are celebrating or commiserating, tea is drunk in every situation and that’s that! The tea I grew up on was a very strong black tea otherwise referred to in my house as a ‘brew’. I stopped drinking these around the same time I stopped drinking cows milk as the taste just isn’t the same with milk alternative. Since then I have been well and truth addicted to coffee but always on the look out for an alternative.
Sage tea is incredibly easy to make and only involves two ingredients, yep hot water and Sage. All you need is around two tablespoons of fresh Sage leaves ( you can use dried but it doesn’t taste as good) and a kettle boiling water. Place the Sage leaves into your cup or bottle and pour over the hot water. Leave the Sage to steep in water for around 5-7 minute before discarding the leaves. If you would like to add a little extra something to the tea you can always add a slice of lemon or orange and even sweeten with honey or any vegan alternative.
Sage is a beautiful plant with soft, flat leaves and is pretty much unmistakable. This Mediterranean native has incredible medicinal properties such as being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, astringent as well as being a sedative and good for the circulatory system. This all sounds amazing so why do we only consider sage as a complement to food. If it’s full of this amount of goodness, tastes fantastic AND is pretty easy to get your hands on, why not use it for tea?
I am playing around with different teas at the moment so if you have any ideas or suggestions let me know. I hope you give Sage tea a try then please drop me line with your thoughts 🙂
Until next time,
Love Katy xxx