The flozuers and leaves of individual herbs make wonderful, soothing and fragrant teas which are commonly drunk on the continent.
Chamomile, peppermint and lemon balm are probably the most popular herbs for making tea. If fresh herbs are unobtainable, dried ones can be bought from health food and herbal shops.
3 tablespoons lemon balm leaves
1 tablespoon peppermint leaves
1 tablespoon chamomile flowers
4 fl. oz. boiling water
24 ice cubes
7 fl. oz. soda water
Pull the leaves in half and place in a china teapot or jug with the chamomile flowers. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and infuse them for 3 ½ minutes. Strain the tea and return it to the teapot or jug. Set the tea aside to cool.
Place the ice cubes in a large jug. Pour the tea over the ice cubes. Top up with the soda and serve.