I love all kinds of teas. I decided to combine Basil, and mint together in this tea. If you don't like green tea use black tea. The herbs complement each other very well. Even if you don't like mint or basil. You can omit them if you like. This is the way I make my tea. It is great because you can drink it right away with out chilling it. I hope you all enjoy it. It is a refreshing summer time drink.
Place berries into a food processor. Add the lemon juice. Blend until it becomes smooth like a soup.
Pour the berry mixture into a sauce pan. Add five basil leaves and 12 mint leaves to the pan. Add in the honey or sugar and stir well.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to boil for about five minutes. Remove from heat.
While berry mixture is cooking. Place 4 1/2 cups of water in a large pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the teabags to the water. Cover the pan and let teabags steep for 10 minutes.
Pour berriy mixture through a sieve into the tea. The Mint and basil leaves will be left behind with some pulp. Mix well.
Add the remaining basil and mint leaves to the mixture. Cover and let steep again for another five minutes or so covered.
Get a pitcher. Place ice cubes in pitcher. Place a sieve on top of pitcher. Pour the tea with teabags and leaves through the sieve slowly over the ice. Pour slow as to not let tea come out sides of sieve. Press teabags as best as you can. make sure you swirl the sieve to get all of the mixture out. Discard tea bags and sediment.
Ready to serve. Add more honey or sugar as needed. Place additional ice cubes in a glass and fill with tea. garnish with mint leaves and berries if desired.