Friday, June 25, 2010

Refreshing in the Summer Heat!

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the scent of lemon balm (Zitronenmelisse). My mom grew it in our garden, but I can't remember what (if anything) she made with it. I'll have to check with my sister to see if she remembers.

Now, we grow several bushes of lemon balm, which is easy to do as it likes to reseed freely. Every few days, I pick a good handful of stems and leaves, add about 4 cups of boiling water, and let that steep for about 10 minutes. I then strain the infusion into a 1/2 gallon pitcher and fill the rest with ice and water. And voilà!
You have a very refreshing summer drink! Enjoy!

Is there something you make to keep you hydrated in the summer heat?


  1. Liebe Silke, ich muss mich nicht abkühlen, da ich kaum schwitze. Ich neige zum Frieren und bin dankbar über warme/heiße Temperaturen. Als ich mal in Massada (Israel) war, über 40°C, war fast allen elend,ich fühlte mich wohl.
    Dafür bin ich im Winter am leiden ...
    ich brauche eher "Aufheiz-Tipps" ...
    Liebe Grüße, Verena

  2. Hallo Silke,
    das probier ich gleich morgen mal aus.
    Ich hab einen dicken Busch Zitronenmelisse und ebenfalls Nanaminze.
    Die liebe ich so sehr.
    Daraus mache ich mi gerne Tee. Das hab ich mir von den Marokkanern abgewöhnt.
    Es hilft tatsächlich großartig gegen Transpiration.
    Was sagst du zur WM.
    Ich freu mich so das die USA weiter sind.
    Man hat die Jungs zwei mal um ein Tor beschissen.
    Da war es nur recht und billig, das sie es ins Achtelfinale geschafft haben.
    Das wird morgen hart gegen Ghana und am Sonntag Deutschland gegen England. ui ui ui
    Schaut ihr euch die Spiele an?
    Wie auch immer ich wünsch euch ein schönes Wochenende

  3. Liebe Verena,

    Bei mir geht es besser in der trockenen Hitze (wie in New Mexiko) als der feuchten Hitze, die wir hier geniessen duerfen. Und im Gegensatz zu dir, bin ich Weltmeisterin im Schwitzen - nicht so sehr damenhaft....Aufheiz-Tipps habe ich auch, aber da darf ich im Moment gar nicht dran denken!

    Warme Gruesse, Silke

  4. Liebe Janine,

    Ich kriege gar nichts mit von der WM und muss sofort mal im Internet schauen!

    Dir auch ein schoenes Wochenende!! Silke

  5. My friend used to make me tea from this plant. It was so delicious and refreshing.

    Love your scarves - so pretty! ♥

  6. I wish it was hot enough to enjoy a refreshing drink but our days our lovely but cool-I'm enjoying my book with a cup of hot tea!

  7. Oh yay.. yummy Silke..I am a lemon balm kindred too....i just have to have to it in my herb garden every is gorgeous and deliscious! I love how strong the scent is when you rub a leaf in your!
    thanks for the marvelous recipe!
    have agorgeous day!

  8. Yes. Here in the desert we use WATER! teehee!
    **kisses** Deb

  9. Sounds wonderfully refreshing! Thanks for sharing, Silke! :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Theresa

  10. I had never heard of this; I have enough lemon balm to sink a battleship!!! Will have to try some.....maybe discourage it a bit! LOL!!!
    Or at least get rid of some. :)


  11. They look like mint leaves!

    How are you Silke?

  12. Oh, how refreshing. I'll have to try that. I love lemons and use a lot of fresh lemon juice for my veggies and such and always like to squirt some in my drinking water.

    At first glance on that photo, I thought it was mint. I love ice cold peppermint tea. Reminds me of my bicycle outings in Germany as a kid. I always had some cold, unsweetened pepprmint tea in a glass bottle for drinking on the way and I still love it, hot or cold!

  13. very interesting, silke. i have had this herb in my garden as well, but i never thought to know what to do with it. so now thanks to you i do. i can smell the scent of it as i write this!

    have a good weekend, dear friend. your comments are so welcomed everytime. we are a mutual inspirational society. :)


  14. I'm betting this is just as delcious as the lemongrass drink I've got cooling in my kitchen right now - I've literally just made it and came and found this on your blog!!!!

  15. Lemon balm grows "everywhere" in my garden - it does like to seed itself. LOL
    I also like to use it with fresh fruit salad - think strawberries, peaches ...
    What I find really amazing is the number of herbs that have lemon aroma - lemon thyme, lemon balm, lemon verbena and then I have a plant called "white balm" (weisse Melisse), that also has such a delicious lemon scent. I found two seedlings of it this year and am trying to coax them to grow strong - but I have to hide them from the cats, as they love this plant even more than what we call cat mint (Katzenminze). Maybe it is the original catnip?

  16. Sounds delish! I love making iced teas in the summer. Sometimes from purchased tea bags, sometimes from plants out of my friend's prairie.

  17. Thanks for the recipe. I also have lots of lemon balm and besides smelling it didn't know what to do with it!

  18. i love to add lemon balm to iced tea. and lemon balm sorbet is ooooooooh yum.

  19. I have this and other mints popping up here and there in the yard since this was my Grandparent's home and it is delightful to know it is right there when the inspiration strikes and takes no tending! I love this post of yours, refreshing on a hot day! Blessings friend.