By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

Herbal tea isn't made from tea leaves. Instead, herbs, flowers or spices are steeped in water. Most herbal teas are caffeine-free.

Number of servings

Serves 6

Ingredients

  1. 6 cups water
  2. 12 blackberry herbal tea bags
  3. 8 3-inch-long cinnamon sticks
  4. 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  5. 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  6. Sugar substitute, to taste
  7. Ice cubes, crushed

Directions

In a large saucepan, heat water to just before boiling. Add tea bags, 2 of the cinnamon sticks and ginger. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for about 15 minutes.

Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, placed over a pitcher. Add the juice and sweetener to taste. Refrigerate until very cold.

To serve, fill 6 tall, chilled glasses with crushed ice. Pour the tea over the top of the ice and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

  • Total carbohydrate 7 g
  • Dietary fiber Trace
  • Sodium 3 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total fat 0 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Protein 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0 g
  • Calories 30
  • Sugars 0 g
Aug. 17, 2013