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A glass of instant iced tea on a counter with fresh herbs.

Instant Herbal Iced Tea (Cold Brew)

Use up those extra fresh herbs from the garden and make this homemade instant herbal iced tea. No boiling water or tea bags are needed, just fresh herbs and water!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 11kcal
Author: Carolyn Thomas


  • High-Powered Blender
  • Funnel
  • Fine-Mesh Strainer


  • 2 cups fresh basil or other fresh herbs
  • 3 cups water
  • sweetener optional


  • Add three cups of water to a high-powered blender.
  • Tear herbs just a bit and place them into the blender.
  • Add sweetener, if using, and place the lid on tight.
  • Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds.
  • At this point, you can strain the tea into a glass of ice or let it steep for about five minutes to take on the flavor of the herbs even more.



Try mixing and matching your favorite herbs:
  • Holy Basil (Tulsi) – This is great if you feel run down or overworked. If using holy basil, it’s fine to use the herb once it’s gone to seed (flowered) as there are medicinal benefits in the flowers and seeds.
  • Sweet Basil – Use sweet basil before it’s gone to seed as the flavor turns a bit bitter.
  • Anise Hyssop – If you enjoy a somewhat licorice flavor, this is a fantastic herb to use.
  • Peppermint – Mint is a great herb for summer iced teas as it cools us down from the inside.
  • Chamomile – If you’re feeling tense, you can use chamomile to help you calm down.
  • Korean Mint – This variety of mint is one of my favorites. If you haven’t tried growing it, I highly recommend it.
  • Lemon Balm – Lemon balm is fantastic to add alongside other herbs.


Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2532IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg
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