2-4 sprigs of fresh lavender (leaves)
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar (more or less, as desired)
2 tablespoon strong black tea or 4 tea bags
1 quart (1 liter) hot water
1 quart (1 liter) ice cubes
[a slightly unusual summer beverage]
- In a heat-proof container, brew tea for about 5 minutes.
- Next, simmer sugar, water, half of the lemon zest and half of the lavender for about 5 minutes in a small saucepan. Allow to cool slightly.
- Put the ice cubes in a pitcher, and add sugar mixture, tea, lemon juice, and remaining lavender leaves and lemon zest. Add additional water if needed. Put a few slices of lemon into the pitcher for some added flavor. Stir thoroughly then refrigerate until chilled.
- Pour and serve!
The longer the iced tea sits, the better it tastes. It can be served immediately, but the flavor will not be as strong.