Thursday September 13th, 5 days before my 32nd birthday, a Southern Gothic Futurist Haiku Slam at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar at 8pm in Charlottesville.
Free to get in, bring $$ for snacks and tea, come to meet your cousins. We are all cousins here.
It’s hot yall. My fall/winter/spring nightly cup of hot tea just doesn’t seem appetizing. I still make herbal tea most days, but am happy to have developed a soothing, cooling, nourishing adaptation of southern sweet tea to quench my thirst on these hot days.
Southern Summer Herbal Sweet Tea
10 bags of orange pekoe tea
3 tbsp nettles
3 tbsp milky oats or oatstraw (work with what you’ve got)
2 tbsp red raspberry leaf
2 tbsp motherwort
2 tbsp lemonbalm
1 tbsp blue vervain
Honey or sugar to taste
I put all my herb in tea bags or tea balls, or loose in a big pot of 1 gallon of water. I turn the stove on to boil. How you make your tea affects the medicine and taste. There is definitely room for your personal choice here. I tend to boil my tea with the plants in for 20 minutes. Then I turn the stove off and let the mixture cool with the herbs in. After a bit I remove the plant matter and mix in honey. Then I refrigerate the sweet tea in a tea dispenser with a spout.