These hot summer days are starting to get to me.  It might have something to do with the fact that I’m now 4 days overdue to have a baby.  Baby pending or no, it seems that we can all use something refreshing to drink these days.  In the name of good hydration, this tea is caffeine free, crisp, and has wonderful flavor and is perfect for a night sitting out on the porch.

4 Chamomile tea bags
2 Cinnamon sticks
4 Whole star anise
2 Tablespoons honey
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lemon
5 Sprigs fresh mint

Bring 4 cups of cold water to a boil and pour into a 32 oz heatproof container.  Add the tea bags, cinnamon sticks, star anise, and honey.  Let the ingredients steep for 3 minutes.  Add the orange and lemon juices and stir to blend.  The tea can be served immediately or chilled.

(recipe from Isabel’s Cantina)