4 Easy Rosemary Tea Recipes and How to Make


Rosemary is a member of the mint family. This herb has a good source of fiber, iron and contains antioxidants: carnosic acid and carnosol. Rosemary also contains many phytochemicals like rosmarinic acid, camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, and betulinic acid. Rosemary’s natural chemicals act as stimulants to support your memory. You can use rosemary tea as an herbal remedy to support the brain. The rosemary is also mood enhancing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and stimulating. We will discuss the health benefits and the side effect of rosemary later. But today I want to share with you 4 healthy rosemary tea recipes I have collected. These recipes are delicious, easy and take short time to brew within five to ten minutes.

Rosemary Tea with Honey


This is the easiest rosemary tea recipes and takes a short time to make. Ingredients you need are for 2 cups of tea:
  • 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1- 1,5 tsp. of dried rosemary.
  • 3 tsp. of honey
  • 2 cups of boiling water or 500ml of cold tap water if you brew tea in a saucepan.

You need to break the rosemary into small pieces and then you can make rosemary tea with honey in two simple ways. The first way is brewing rosemary as the normal tea. You can put rosemary pieces into boiling water for 8 minutes. As other herbs, rosemary needs a long time steeping. Then you can add some honey and decorate it with some fresh rosemary.

The second ways are boiling or simmering rosemary in the sauce pan for a stronger rosemary taste. You can boil rosemary small pieces with water and honey to slowly boiling. Then when it boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes. Your rosemary tea is ready after five minutes. If you want stronger rosemary taste you can press the rosemary against the side of the pan to extract the juices.

Rosemary milk tea

Rosemary tea with milk looks nice and tastes very good and refreshing. So what do you need to make one cup of this tea? 
  • 1 cup of milk (250 ml)
  • 1 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1 tsp. of dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. of honey
  • And little patience

Break the rosemary into four pieces then put three of the pieces into a saucepan and add the milk. Bring slowly to the boil and reduce the heat to simmer rosemary for five minutes. Simmering the tea will need your patience as you have to stir the milk continuously in five minutes. If you don’t stir the and check it carefully, the heat can burn the milk easily and your rosemary tea will have the smoky taste.

Before serving it you can press the rosemary against the side for stronger tea taste. Then strain the drink and discard the rosemary and decorated with the reserved rosemary floating on top. The rosemary tea with milk can bring you lots of energy and refresh you after a hard working day. You can also make it in the morning too but maybe I do not do that. Instead of that, I would love to have a cup of hot milk with 1 or 2 tsp. of honey. Hot milk with honey also can energize and wake up you. This hot drink might be better than a cup of coffee if you have sleepless or bad sleeping night.   

Rosemary, ginger, and lemon peels

  • 1 small bunch of rosemary
  • 1 inch of ginger, you can slice ginger into small pieces or press it if you like a stronger ginger taste.
  • Peels of ½ lemon (I zest the yellow part of lemon peel to make tea as it contains many antioxidant ingredients.)
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tsp. of honey


With teapot, you can put all ingredients in the same time and brew with boiling water 8 minutes. If you need stronger taste you also can boil it in a sauce pan and simmer it for 6 minutes as it is an ideal time to brew ginger. Strain the tea and add more honey if you like sweeter herbal tea.This herbal tea formula is good as all ingredients contain rich sources of antioxidant and vital minerals. The tea also can release cold, flu-like symptoms, bronchitis and clear phlegm.


Mediterranean Rosemary tea with thyme, sage, cinnamon and honey

This original recipe is the Mediterranean wine recipe but I change it into the nonalcoholic recipe. I hope you like it as I do. Ingredients for a cup of rosemary tea are:
  • 500 ml of cold tap water (2 cups)
  • 2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. of sage
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 cinnamon bark or ½ tsp. of cinnamon ground
  • 2 tsp. of honey

Boil the water until boiling and put all ingredients into a saucepan. Then simmer all ingredients over low heat for 8 minutes. The ingredients in this Mediterranean herbal tea recipe contain rich sources of antioxidant and minerals. This tea can help you to fight with cold, flu or keep you warm. Moreover, this herbal rosemary tea also can reduce the pain as ginger and rosemary work well with reducing the pain. Daily ginger consumption can reduce muscle pain caused by exercise. Besides it provides you many antioxidants and boosts your immune systems. 

In the picture, I used cinnamon ground which creates the red color. The tea color might change into brown when you use cinnamon bark. The tea color will look alike the hot fig tea with herbs. The recipe will have a quite strong cinnamon taste. You can reduce the cinnamon to 1/3 of tsp. or ½ barks if you like stronger rosemary taste. 

Here are how I make 4 lovely and healthy rosemary tea recipes in this spring. They are easy to brew with normal and available herbs and ingredients. Within 5 to 10 minutes you will have tasty and healthy herbal tea. You can use these herbal recipes if you don’t know what to do with your rosemary left after cooking. You will be surprised of refreshing taste of rosemary and their health benefits. Share with me what do your ideal rosemary tea recipe and how you brew your favorite tea.   

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Learn to make Finnish Glögi for Christmas


Christmas is coming very soon !!! Have you have any new idea about hot drink for winter time? You can try to make Glögi, the traditional Finnish warm drink in winter and Christmas. This traditional drink is tasty and healthy and little bit same style with mulled wine. I usually buy a ready-made Glögi but this winter I made it for myself. I thought it is difficult to make Glögi but it is very easy to make. Here is how I make Glögi for this Christmas.

Glögi recipe

The traditional recipe for Finnish Glögi includes 5 main ingredients:
–        Dried orange peels
–        Cloves
–        Cinnamon
–        Dried ginger

–        Black currant juices


You can make Glögi with these main ingredients. But I will make Glögi with little more complicated recipe for this year. The ingredients I use are popular and you can find them in everywhere. My ingredients include:

–        1 orange, 1 lemon
–        4 or 5 slice of fresh ginger
–        8 cloves
–        2 sticks of cinnamon
–        4 cardamom seeds (optional)
–        1,5 l of black currant juice ( you can use red grape juice too)
–        2 anise (optional)
–        2 or 3 spoon of brown sugar (optional)

Before making Glögi you can spend some minute to do something:
–        Washed the orange and lemon then peel thin slices of the zest.
–        Squeeze the orange and lemon to use later
–        Press ginger if you want stronger ginger taste
–        Crush or press cardamom seeds


Cook slowly with low heat until the drink is steaming hot about 90oC. Do not let the drink get even close to boiling. Normally people can put all ingredients at the one time to make drink but I put ingredients steps by steps to have little bit complicated taste Glögi.

Step 1: Put cloves, cinnamon, cardamom seed with black currant juice to cook first. At this stage you can put 1 tsp. of dried raisins to make sweet taste to Glögi.

Step 2: After 9 minutes I put fresh ginger into the saucepan.

Step 3: Then put anise and fresh oranges and lemon zest into the bowl at 12 minutes. Depend on your taste, if you like stronger taste of anise you can put it before 12 minutes.

Step 4: At the 14 minutes I put oranges and lemon juices into the bowl. I put orange and lemon juice almost in the end to keep the vitamin and mineral in the juice. As after long time cooking the juice will loss vitamin and mineral so I have to put it in almost in the end.

Step 5: Stop cooking When the bowl little boiling at the 15 minutes. Pour the drink through a sieve and serve with raisins and blanched almonds. You can add brown sugar if you want sweet taste, but normally in black currant juice include sugar already so I don’t put it into my drink. My Glögi now smell good with thick and complicated taste.
  

Glögi with alcohol recipe


If you want to make Glögi with alcohol you can use the same ingredient but with alcohol:
–        1 orange, 1 lemon
–        4 or 5 slice of fresh ginger
–        8 cloves
–        2 sticks of cinnamon
–        4 cardamom seeds
–        1 l of black currant juice (you can use red grape juice too)
–        2 anise
–        0,5 l of red wine

At the beginning you can do alcohol Glögi in the same way as the recipes above. But in the step 5 before stop cooking you can pour red wine into Glögi. After 1 or 2 minutes you can stop cooking. The wine flavor maybe affected by boiling as Alcohol start to evaporate for less than 80oC.

Alcohol Glögi is meant to be enjoyed hot but not boiling hot. If you want to enjoy more alcohol you can reduce the amount of black currant juice and adding more wine. But make sure that the red wine be warm for a short time. Some people can add some vodka before serving, but maybe it is too strong for me.

Notices:
  • One thing you should notice when making Glögi is do not use kettle, aluminum or copper saucepans. I only use stainless steel saucepan to make Glögi as aluminum and copper is not good to the health
  • You also should not cook Glögi with aluminum pan as the acidity of the drink can be removed in heating aluminum.
  • If you cook Glögi by kettle it might be dangerous as acidic drink can corrode copper kettle. The kettle copper resistors may be covered by a steel plate. The acidity resistance can dissolve copper into Glögi. So the kettle must not be used for purposes other than boiling water. This is also a reason for not using copper saucepans for Glögi. Copper dissolution of the drink can cause copper poisoning. You might have symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and malaise. The symptoms can be extremely harmful to the elderly.

This is how I make Glögi for this Christmas and winter. This recipe is easy to make within 15 minutes. Pay little more effort you will have very tasty and healthy drink for this Christmas and winter holidays. I wish your Christmas be filled with special moment, warmth, peace and happiness.

Happy holidays and seasons greeting! Hyvää Joulua!!! Chúc Mng Giáng Sinh

Hot Figs Drink Recipes with Herbs for Winter


Figs are sweet, tasty, with 5 health benefits with long history. The Mediterranean has used figs in their daily life since ancient times. This fruit is beneficial to your liver functions; relieve cough, asthma and pharyngitis. We can eat fresh figs, mixing it with salad or served it with dessert. We can also make smoothies and cocktails with fresh figs. But have you ever tried to make hot and non-alcohol drink with figs in winter time? For long time ago, people in Mediterranean and Middle East use figs to make a sweet drink in their holiday season. During the period of Ramadan in the Middle East people make fig drinks rimmed with walnut, cinnamon and almond. In Mediterranean, people stew figs with cinnamon, thyme, honey and gloves to make sweet and tasty hot drink. This healthy Mediterranean drink recipe is a good idea for winter and holiday season.

All ingredients you need are:

–        200 gr fresh figs (4 fresh figs) or 100g of dried figs
–        2 small sticks of cinnamon
–        3 tsp. of honey
–        3 or 4 tsp. of dried thyme
–        Some cloves
–        1 l of water

How to do it?

Chop figs into small pieces and put all ingredients into a bowl. First cook all ingredients till boiling then reduce the heat. Then you simmered the drink with low heat for 30 minutes. After that you can serve this hot drink right after finishing.


This herb drink has a warm taste from cinnamon, thyme, cloves and sweet taste of honey and figs. You can use both fresh and dried figs to make this drink. Depend on your taste you can reduce or put more honey to sweeten the drink. But notice that dried figs are sweeter than fresh figs. 100 gram of fresh figs contain 16.3 gram of sugar meanwhile 46 gram of sugar in 100 gram of dried figs. And this is how my drink looks like.


This healthy Mediterranean drink is rich in Calcium, Folate, sugar and minerals. In this post I used fresh figs to make this drink but dried figs are better than the fresh one. Dried figs are not losing their vitamin and mineral when stewing. Besides the amount of Calcium and Potassium in stewed dried figs are higher than in fresh and dried figs. These are minerals you can receive when you stew 100g of dried figs.

Vitamin C 11.4mg (19%DV)
Vitamin K 17.4 mcg (22% DV)
Potassium
761 mg (22%DV)
Calcium 181mg (18%DV)
Magnesium
75.1 mg  (19%DV)
You can try to make fig hot drinks with a Kuwait recipe too. The Kuwait figs hot drink’s ingredients are almonds, walnuts, figs and ground cinnamon. All you have to do is chopping the dried figs into little pieces. Simmered figs with almonds, walnuts and ground cinnamon for 30 minutes. Then you can serve it when it cold. I will try this recipe soon and let you know the exact amount of ingredients you need.

I will make Mediterranean fig hot drink in cold winter days and of course Christmas time too. Do you think about making hot fig drinks in this holiday season? You will be surprised how tasty and healthy it is. Don’t hesitate to let me know your idea about these recipes.  

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