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Under 30 Minutes

Chamomile Cooler

Chamomile and lemon-flavored herbs create a delicate, delightful tea. We used lemon verbena, which lends a pleasantly sweet flavor. But you can also substitute lemon balm, lemon thyme, lemon basil, or lemon-scented geranium for equally tasty variations to this light, soothing blend.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Chamomile Cooler

Photography: Yunhee Kim

Source: Body+Soul, July/August 2006


  • 1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers
  • 2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena leaves
  • 1/3 cup raw honey


  1. In a large pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Remove pot from heat and stir in the chamomile and lemon verbena. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place a large strainer lined with cheesecloth or a damp paper towel over another pot or heat-proof bowl. Strain tea, pressing on the herbs to extract all liquid. Stir in honey until it dissolves, and let the tea cool completely, about 1 hour. Fill four tall glasses with ice. Pour tea over ice and serve immediately.

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