Yesterday a new project got finished: our picnic table from old scaffolding boards.
We brought it over to the pond and enjoyed our first outdoor breakfast here.
Later when Lenja came home, she brought out all her art stuff and we began journalling at our new picnic table. The only thing that was missing was a cool refreshing drink.
Thankfully there is a patch of nettles and chocolate mint growing next to the Polytunnel, so I picked a few and brewed a strong tea from them.
Then I stirred in some honey and cooled the tea down with lots of ice cubes. I added the juice of one lemon and decorated the drink with some extra mint leaves, ice cubes and lemon slices.
A tasty and healthy drink for a hot day. I’m definitely going to make this a few more times this summer. Well, as long as I can still find young nettles that haven’t gone to seed yet.
But if I can’t find any nettles I can make an Elderflower Strawberry Drink, which is equally easy, delicious and healthy (recipe will follow soon).
- 5 - 6 young nettle tops
- 1 sprig of mint
- 500 ml boiling water
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 organic lemon
- ice cubes
- Wash nettles and mint and place them in a sauce pan.
- Pour 500 ml of boiling water over the nettles and mint.
- Let it steep for about 20 minutes (or longer if you want) until you have a strong tea.
- Strain through a sieve and stir in the honey.
- Add the juice of 1 lemon and about 10 ice cubes to help cool the drink down. This also dilutes the lemonade and makes it less sweet.
- Decorate with extra mint leaves and lemon slices. Enjoy!