Sip into Summer Hygge: Refreshing Basil Raspberry Iced Tea - Island Thyme Soap Company

Sip into Summer Hygge: Refreshing Basil Raspberry Iced Tea

When we think of hygge, cozy winter evenings often come to mind. But the Danish concept of comfort and contentment isn't limited to cold weather. Summer hygge is all about creating moments of joy and relaxation during the warmer months. One delightful way to embrace summer hygge is by savoring a refreshing, homemade beverage. Today, we're sharing our favorite recipe for Basil Raspberry Iced Tea – a perfect blend of sweet, tart, and herbal flavors that embody the essence of a relaxed summer day.

Embracing Summer Hygge

Before we dive into the recipe, let's explore how to infuse hygge into your summer routine:

  • Create outdoor living spaces with comfortable seating and soft lighting
  • Enjoy meals al fresco with friends and family
  • Take leisurely walks in nature, appreciating the lush greenery and warm sunshine
  • Indulge in seasonal fruits and refreshing treats
  • Cultivate a small herb garden for fresh flavors and aromas

Now, let's bring some of these elements together with our delightful summer beverage.

Basil Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe

This recipe combines the sweetness of raspberries with the aromatic touch of fresh basil, creating a refreshing drink perfect for sipping on a warm afternoon.


  • 4 cups water
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup honey (adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: lemon slices for garnish


  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes, then remove tea bags and let cool.
  2. In a separate bowl, muddle raspberries and basil leaves together.
  3. Once the tea has cooled, strain it into a pitcher. Add the muddled raspberry-basil mixture and honey. Stir well.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chilled.
  5. Before serving, strain the mixture to remove raspberry seeds and basil pieces.
  6. Serve over ice, garnished with fresh basil leaves and lemon slices if desired.

Creating a Hygge Moment

To fully embrace the summer hygge experience, consider these serving suggestions:

  • Use your favorite glasses or mason jars for a charming touch
  • Serve your iced tea in a beautiful pitcher for gatherings
  • Enjoy your drink in a cozy outdoor nook surrounded by plants
  • Pair with a good book or pleasant conversation with loved ones

Remember, hygge is about creating moments of comfort and joy. As you sip this refreshing Basil Raspberry Iced Tea, take time to appreciate the flavors, the company (even if it's just your own), and the simple pleasure of a summer day.

Embrace the spirit of summer hygge and let this delightful beverage be your companion for moments of relaxation and contentment. Skål! (That's "cheers" in Danish!)

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