Summertime Fun – When Life Gives You…

Posted on July 24, 2013. Filed under: Food and Cooking, Kitchen Herbalism, Urban Herbalism |

Sometimes you just have to remember to have stop taking herbs so seriously and have fun with them – and luckily that is what this post is kind of about. 🙂

Fun with Lemonade (Image by Michael Blackmore - Mad Crow Herbalism)

Fun with Lemonade (Image by Michael Blackmore – Mad Crow Herbalism)

The other week Boston was suffering under a heat wave and in a nice bit of serendipity the medicinal herbal CSA I belong to included some Staghorn Sumac berries that week.  Thus Staghorn Sumac lemonade was totally on the agenda.

But, of course, being who I am – I didn’t stop there.   I went all herbal lemonade crazy including making:

  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Jasmine
  • Rose

and more.   I also used blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and limes instead of lemons in my mad experiments.    In the picture above the lavender is on the left and jasmine on the right.

It was all good and so much fun.

The basics are embarrassingly easy.  Make a tea of your favorite herb that you think would be fun, add some lemon/lime juice and the sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, succanat, etc.)  – stir and chill.  You can also add the juice of other fruits – berries especially are awesome.

I did overnight infusions of the herbs in a quart mason jar myself.  And for that size I preferred the juice of a whole lemon/lime and used either honey or succanat.

But that’s me.

Why don’t you go, play and make some for yourself.

Herbs are meant to be fun and are fun to play with.

You won’t be sorry. 🙂

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Mmmm! I’m going to try the lavender and the basil.

Both are really amazing! 🙂


Basil lemonade – what a brilliant idea!… but then I might need to try it with lime too.

Basil lemonade is awesome. I’m betting Basil limeade would be even better.


Thus catnip lemonade has been inspired. Honestly, I can’t get the smell (of fresh catnip) out of my mind. I’m haunted.

Oh, catnip sounds like a great idea too.


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