Who knew the Pacific Northwest had so much in common with southern France? By that I mean, only a few miles from glaciers, mountains and marmots:
You can find acres and acres of lavender:
In fact, Sequim, Washington, on the road between Port Townsend and Olympic National Park, calls itself “The Lavender Capital of North America.” And we stumbled upon their annual Festival. We bought all kinds of lavender “stuff,” potpourri, sachets, oil and even coffee which was delicious.
It’s waaayy too hot for coffee right now, but a tall, cold glass of lavender iced tea? That sounds perfect.
Lavender Iced Tea
- 8 cups boiling water
- 6 tea bags (Earl Grey works well)
- 1 heaping teaspoon dried culinary lavender flowers
- 1/4 cup sugar
- In large saucepan, steep tea bags and lavender in boiled water for 10 minutes or so. (Don’t wait much longer, though, or the tea may become bitter.)
- Remove the tea bags and lavender and stir sugar into warm tea until dissolved.
- Let cool, then serve in glasses filled with ice.
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