Have you heard of Tulsi before? Until just a year or so back, I hadn’t either. Turns out, it’s some pretty neat stuff. It looks like tea leaves, and comes in little bags on small strings, just like most other tea companies package their products. Except, it has a secret. It’s not tea. It’s basil.
Dubbed with the nickname, “Holy Basil”, you won’t find this herb in your next batch of pesto. However, you might find it on the list of available teas at your local coffee house, as its popularity, both as a flavorful tea and for the tremendous health benefits it provides, are truly outstanding.
Although I usually drink this tea like any other tea, there are times when I’m feeling that my body needs a bit of a boost – especially near the end of winter as we move into flu season. By adding some citrus, for Vitamin C, and cranberries, for Vitamin A, what I end up with is a soothing, relaxing drink that gives my immune system the jolt it needs. Here’s how to make it.
- 1 Quart filtered water
- 4 Tulsi tea bags (I used Tulsi Sleep here, but you can use whichever)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 orange (the juicier, the better)
Fill a small saucepan with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, add the four tea bags and let soak for at least 15-20 minutes. While waiting, slice the orange and put an equal amount of slices in four different mason jars. Add 1/4 cup of the cranberries to each jar.
When the tea has soaked long enough, remove the bags and discard. Pour 1 cup of the tea into each jar, then add 1 cup cold water, and fill the rest of the jar with ice. Shake or stir to distribute the fruit amongst the ice cubes, then place in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours to allow the fruit to infuse into the tea.
After that, just strain the liquid into glasses half-filled with ice, and serve. You can add more fruit to each glass you pour, if you choose.