Tulsi, or holy basil, has been considered India’s “Queen of Herbs,” and is revered for its healing powers. Chock-full of antioxidants, tulsi tea is used to boost the immune system and relieve stress. Since it’s naturally sweet and a little spicy, with a ginger-like finish, it works especially well in a sweet tea -- requiring little in the way of sweetener, except for a drizzle of honey. This recipe can be served either hot or cold, and it’s easy to batch in advance for a party. Since this is a drink you'll want to sip casually for a while, we made the recipe a little larger than normal -- 5 and half ounces.
- 2 ounces bourbon (Buffalo Trace)
- 3 ounces prepared tulsi tea (see note)
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- honey, to taste
- sprig of mint, for garnish
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint sprig.
For tulsi tea: Steep 6 tablespoons of tulsi leaves in 1 cup of hot water (about 160-180 degrees, similar to Japanese green tea).
To read our post devoted to Tulsi, click here.