Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Winter twigs with little round floral buds
Coarsely broken twigs - ready for tea!
Spicebush leaves and berries, late summer
8-10 spicebush twigs (one good handful)
About 3 cups water
Break the twigs into pieces, about 1" long (don't fuss too much about the sizes)
Put the water into a pot, and bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat. Put the twigs in and stir, pushing everything down into the water.
Cover with a lid and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let this steep, the more flavor your tea will have. If longer than 2 hours, let steep in the refrigerator.
Strain the twigs from the tea.
Makes a refreshing iced spicebush tea when chilled, or a warming winter beverage served hot.
Stir in sweetener of your choice, if preferred.