Most of you probably know that I love tea. Mostly black tea. However, I've decided to try some herbal teas so I can drink tea as much as I want, whenever I want and not worry about all the caffeine. I've never noticed that caffeine has ever had much of an effect on me, but it's nice to try new things. Herbal teas are often called "tisanes" and this one has peppermint and spearmint, thus--MinTisane. Hee hee.
Since our garden didn't get going until a fall planting, I don't have any of my own mint. Good thing I have a great local tea store, Chelmsford Tea and Gifts, that stocks a good selection of dried herbs for tisanes. My MinTisane is 1 teaspoon dried peppermint and 1 teaspoon dried spearmint (enough for a large mug), infused for three minutes in water that is just under boiling temperature. It tastes rather like chewing gum, but without the sugar or aspartame. I just realized that may not be the most particularly appealing description, but it really does taste good! In addition, herbs have been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments. Peppermint and spearmint are supposed to be good for the tummy and for headaches.
How about some Vivaldi to go with your tisane? (From archive.org)
Or some books? The best part of having a bibliophile mother--never having to purchase a novel! Also, I'd been wanting to try the recipes in Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, which my parents bought for me. I'm so spoiled!