Thyme Tea Recipe with Honey
If you’re growing thyme in your garden, and wondering what to do with it, this thyme tea recipe with honey makes a delicious concentrate that can be used as a base for hot or iced teas.
Thyme is Used Around the World
Thyme is used in many cuisines throughout the world. There are many many varieties of thyme, all with a slightly different aroma, flavor, and use. For this particular recipe I used English thyme, although others may be used. Although I did not list thyme in my list of essential Turkish spices, what is often referred to as “Turkish thyme” or the Turkish word “kekik” is actually in the oregano family, and the words are often used interchangeably. Either thyme or oregano are delicious for making this tea.
I grow a few herbs in my garden, and thyme is one that I always be sure to have on hand. It is easy to grow (read hard to kill), and has many uses in food and beverage recipes. Thyme contains Thymol, which has powerful antimicrobial properties. It can also be used for alleviating coughs. In the winter, I like to drink this tea warm. During the summer, combining this thyme tea with fresh lemon juice and water or sparkling water makes a delicious lemonade. The same method as that outlined below can be used for other herbs such as mint, rosemary, or rose geranium. Keep the concentrate in your fridge, and whip up a batch of refreshing tea anytime.
Use Up Leftover Herbs
This is a great way to use up a leftover bunch of thyme from another recipe, such as this sausage dinner skillet with leeks, fennel, and apple, or this smoky walnut gremolata recipe. To store thyme in your refrigerator, wrap in a damp towel and store in your produce drawer. It may also be stored in an airtight container. Wash thyme only when you are ready to use it, as it will rot much faster if wet and refrigerated. To remove tiny thyme leaves from the stem, run your fingers backwards along each stem, stripping off the leaves into a little pile. Little tender stems may be cut and used in recipes calling for minced thyme. Remove woody stems, or reserve for recipes like this tea! Thyme would also be delicious used in this bourbon cocktail.
Soothing Thyme and Honey Tea
- 2 cups drinking water
- 1 bunch thyme about 10-15 springs
- 2/3 cup raw honey
- In a pot with a lid, bring water to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat, add thyme, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and whisk in honey, until completely dissolved. Strain thyme, and keep concentrate in glass jar in the refrigerator, up to 2 months.
- To use, either take teaspoonfuls directly, or make tea by adding 1-2 teaspoons thyme/honey concentrate to a mug and fill with hot water. Serve with lemon.