‘Taste of the Summerlands’ was inspired by a carbonated tastiness we found at one of our local markets. It was a day of outings and adventure for me – which are relatively rare, cherished, and highly valued. (Also often a bad idea, physically, but mental and emotional health are important, too.)
The drink involved elderflower, lemon, and rose. I’ve always loved bits of the elder plant. (I say plant because it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.) When I think of elderberries, though, I think of trees and bushes and bushy trees.
When I was young, I lived in England, and in one of the places I used to walk, there were elderberry bushes along the edge of the road. They made me happy. The elderberry became a touchstone of good memories for me, and I was quite thrilled to discover later that they are also very good for you.
I decided to blend together a few more things than were stated as being in the elderflower lemonade, and combined lemon peel, elderflower, rose petals and hips and lemon balm to create an herbal tea that is tasty hot and brilliant iced with just a touch of honey.
The name came out of the mythological significance of the Elder Tree, gateway and guardian, connected to other worlds. SM Stirling also integrated the idea of ‘The Summerlands’ into one of our favorite book series, so there is just a hint of our love of books here as well.
Batch Size: 3.6 oz, approximately 50-55 servings of tea
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