Celebrate International Tea Day with a cup of Sidra Tea Blend

This International Tea Day, our operations manager, Aveen, shares her delicious and refreshing recipe for herbal tea. It blends rose, lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, santolina and mint.

Before Covid-19, Aveen and our group of gardeners enjoyed taking tea together in the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz. After a busy session tending to the plants, it was their chance to have a quick break, to chat and to share advice. It was also the perfect way to start the day and plan activities – it’s what everyone is missing most during the current situation.

We hope you enjoy making and drinking Aveen’s tea recipe at home – to take a few moments just for yourself. 

How to make Sidra Tea Blend

Equal amounts of:

Damask rose petals
Lemon balm
Rosemary

Add a little:

Lavender
Santolina
Mint

Method:

  • Place the leaves and petals in a pot of water and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer over a gentle heat for 5 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and strain the leaves and petals, before leaving to cool a little.
  • Enjoy warm with sugar to taste if desired.

If you do not have fresh ingredients, use dried instead but steep in water for 5 minutes before bringing to the boil.

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