Tarragon Lime Green Tea

It’s almost that time of year when I overdose on bruschetta and drink fancy cold beverages outdoors until the mosquitos come out and then I book it inside.  Thanks to my friend Cheryl and her amazing/stunning new cookbook, Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables, I have a drink that will turn heads at future dinner parties. I have yet to find out if it will repel mosquitos…

In this fancy beverage, tarragon mixes with green tea, honey & lime to create the most pleasant herbal/citrus iced tea. It’s reminiscent of gin, but contains none.  Since I’m always looking out for YOU and YOUR best interests, I mixed a little Hendrick’s gin in one of the glasses and was extremely pleased with the results. Cheers to that!

And we’re off!

Tea bags. You only need 4 for this recipe. I took out too many. Yeah…

Honey, tarragon & limes.

Teabags get steeped. Take them out when it’s at the right strength for you.

Tarragon, honey & limes with their  juice go into the mixture. Let it steep a little bit longer.

Let the mixture cool and pour it over ice!

Add in a fresh tarragon sprig and a wedge of lime to each glass.

Now we’re talking! Super pretty, right?

 

Tarragon Lime Green Tea

serves 8

(recipe from Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables)

  • 4 bags green tea
  • 8 cups hot, just boiled water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 bunch fresh tarragon
  • 4 limes, divided
  • ice

Place the teabags and water in a large bowl or pot. Whisk in the honey until dissolved. Add 2 leafy tarragon sprigs. Squeeze in the juice of 3 of the limes and toss in the spent limes, too. Set aside to steep, off the heat and uncovered for at least 10 minutes, or until desired strength. Discard the teabags. Cool at room temperature.

Pluck out the limes & herbs. (If not serving right away, refrigerate.)

Cut the remaining lime into 8 wedges.

Divide the tea among eight ice-filled glasses, garnishing each glass with a fresh tarragon spring and lime wedge.

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27 Comments

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  • April 23, 2012

    I kept thinking of gin thanks to a few of your recipes & now I’m going to daydream about this one every free second at work tomorrow!! Not that I’m complaining.. :)

  • April 23, 2012

    This looks awesome! One of my summer resolutions is to make more iced teas, last year I made none, so I am sure I will win.

    • Tracy
      April 23, 2012

      This will get you on your way!

  • April 23, 2012

    SO pretty. I really like the addition of herbs to something sweet, like rosemary in lemonade. If this one really does remind you of gin even before adding the Hendrick’s, I better keep this from my boyfriend until I’m ready to make it at that moment!

  • April 23, 2012

    I love green tea, this bevarage sounds amazing, when the rain is done in NY I will give it a try!

  • Sarah
    April 23, 2012

    That looks like an amazing blend of flavors.

  • April 23, 2012

    This looks great!

  • Emily D.
    April 23, 2012

    Is there anything gin isn’t delicious in? I can’t think of anything.

    • Tracy
      April 23, 2012

      cola? maybe? I dunno. I haven’t tried it…. :)

  • April 23, 2012

    I love green tea and gin, this is perfection!

  • Sarah
    April 23, 2012

    I don’t often comment, but I want you to know I love your blog. It’s the best pick-me-up. I know you are a busy mom, so thanks for doing this :)

    • Tracy
      April 23, 2012

      Thank you so much Sarah. That’s so nice to hear :)

  • April 23, 2012

    Thanks for the gin!

  • April 23, 2012

    The photo of the tea bags steeping is just beautiful! BEAUTY!!!
    Gonna have to try this one out soon! BYW..is is wierd that I just bought some plates and napkins for the workshop in July? Yes, I am a planner. Can’t wait! I just love how you set up your shots!

  • April 23, 2012

    I need to make this and drink it out of a mason jar pronto…

    • Tracy
      April 23, 2012

      Mason jar love!

  • Jayne
    April 23, 2012

    Lemongrass (or SERAI, where I come from) repels mosquitoes. We like to boil 2-3 stalks of the white parts of lemongrass until fragrant, about 20 minutes. Then add a simple syrup to it. It can be taken in hot or cold. My husband loves it… and doubles up as mosquito repellent!

    • Tracy
      April 23, 2012

      AHHHHHHH!!! So good to know!

  • April 23, 2012

    Yum! Hook a sister up with a good mojito recipe. I have a hunch you may have one!

    Also, loving your photos.

  • April 24, 2012

    Looking forward to summer for drinking this cocktail, even if it involved mosquitoes bites ;-)

  • Shawna
    April 24, 2012

    Tracy, you would LOVE this gin drink they make at Publican in Chicago. It’s called Gin & Truese – Hendricks, green chartreuse and house made mint and cucumber tonic! I haven’t been able to find anything like it in the Bay Area and I’ve had withdrawals since we left Chicagp 3 weeks ago!

  • April 25, 2012

    Super! I’ve been looking for a way to use tarragon. Sounds interesting and different.

  • Heather
    May 1, 2012

    Just made this tonight – it was delicious and so easy!! LOVE your blog! :)

  • May 3, 2012

    This is refreshing!

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