How to Make Lavender Tea Properly (Hot & Iced)

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Lavender tea is a herbal drink made from dried lavender flower buds. See the proper way to brew this floral beverage, hot and cold.

Hot Lavender tea

Lavender Tea

  • Lavender tea is a herbal tea (also known as a tisane) made by steeping dried lavender flower buds in water. 
  • Naturally caffeine-free.
  • There are over 40 species of lavender — the English and French species are the most commonly used to make lavender tea.
  • The flowers and buds are purple, resulting in a slightly purple-hued drink.
  • Use food-grade lavender to make sure they weren’t treated with pesticides.
  • There is zinc (along with potassium and magnesium) in lavender which may help you sleep better and longer.

RELATED: How to Make Herbal Tea Properly

Lavender Tea Brewing Guide

TO MAKE HOT LAVENDER TEA
TEA:
1/2 teaspoon loose lavender tea
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
208°F
STEEP TIME:
5 minutes

TO MAKE COLD BREW LAVENDER TEA
TEA:
1/2 teaspoon loose lavender tea
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
Cold water
STEEP TIME:
6 – 12 hours

What You’ll Need

TO MAKE HOT LAVENDER TEA

TO MAKE COLD BREW LAVENDER TEA

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Dried lavender buds in teapot

How to Make Hot Lavender Tea Properly

STEP 1: Boil water.

Boil filtered water since it tastes better than regular tap water.

I use an electric kettle with temperature setting to boil water for tea and I set the water to 208°F, which is a bit under a full boil.

Boil more than needed since you want extra to warm up the teapot.

STEP 2: Warm up teapot.

Pour boiling hot water into a teapot halfway. Swirl it around a bit so the teapot can warm up. Discard the water.

I like to warm up the teapot so that when I add hot water to brew the tea, the water temperature doesn’t drop too much.

STEP 3: Put lavender tea into teapot and add hot water.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: The most important thing to remember about making lavender tea is to resist adding too much lavender. It will taste too strong and will not be pleasant to drink.

STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

Herbal teas like lavender are a lot easier to brew than other types of teas. You can brew them for more than 5 minutes and they won’t get horribly bitter like black tea or green tea.

I like to stick to a 5 minute brew time for most herbal teas since it brews a nicely flavorful drink each time without being too weak or too strong.

STEP 5: Strain lavender buds and pour hot tea into a teacup.

If you want to sweeten your lavender tea, try brown sugar, honey, or date syrup.

How to Make Iced Lavender Tea

To make the very best iced lavender tea, cold brew it! 

Cold brewing tea is the only way I make iced tea since it tastes so much better than any other method. And it’s the easiest.

STEP 1: Put lavender tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Use cold or room temperature water to make cold brewed tea. No need for hot water at all! Remember to use filtered water for the best tasting iced tea.

You can also use this cold brew maker if you make iced tea often. I like to get two and put them in constant rotation in the summer.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.

You can keep it in the refrigerator to cold steep for up to 12 hours.

STEP 3: Strain out lavender buds and pour tea into a cup.

Since the tea is already chilled, ice is optional.

I don’t like to sweeten my lavender tea but if you want to, add simple syrup, which is dissolved sugar in equal part water.

You can easily make quick simple syrup at home by mixing equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

LAVENDER TEA TIPS

  • Don’t add too much lavender buds to your tea since it’ll be overpowering. I initially tried a teaspoon of lavender and it was way too strong.
  • I don’t like lavender tea on its own but it’s great when added with other teas like chamomile and Earl Grey.
  • Make different kinds of simple syrup by dissolving honey, brown sugar, or date syrup instead of regular sugar in hot water.

QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE

What does lavender tea taste like?

The taste is heavily floral with a slight minty note. It tastes light and fresh.

Is there caffeine?

There’s absolutely no caffeine in lavender tea. 

Is lavender tea a real tea?

Lavender tea is NOT a real tea. Real tea is tea that comes from the camellia sinensis plant. Since lavender comes from the lavender plant, it’s not considered a real tea. Real tea contains caffeine. 

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Lavender Tea

Author: Jee Choe
How to make lavender tea properly, hot and cold.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Filtered water is best.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into a teapot and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water.
  • Put lavender tea into teapot and add hot water.
  • Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain lavender leaves and pour hot tea into a teacup.

NOTES

TO MAKE COLD BREW LAVENDER TEA
1. Put lavender tea and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container.
Filtered water is best for a better tasting iced tea.
2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
3. Strain out lavender buds and pour tea into a cup.
Ice is optional since the tea is already chilled.
TO SWEETEN ICED TEA
To sweeten lavender iced tea, use simple syrup.
You can easily make simple syrup at home by mixing equal parts sugar (or honey, date syrup, or brown sugar) and hot water until sugar dissolves.
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