Word of Mouth: Tisane

tisane (tih-zahn): n. an herbal tea, made from steeping herbs, spices, or flowers in boiling water.

We simply call this drink herbal tea. We rarely use its proper name, but unless a drink contains leaves from the actual tea plant, it is technically a tisane. Find out what's in the unconventional one pictured above...

Our Paris blogger Kristin made a tisane using a bunch of fresh sage. Get her technique here: More Sage Advice.

If you have a mixture of tea leaves and herbs, it can be called a true herbal tea. But most of the non-caffeinated "teas" we love, like mint, rosemary, or chamomile, are tisanes.

Do you have a favorite?

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(Image: Kristin Hohenadel)