Herbal iced teas are a refreshing, caffeine-free alternative to the same old iced tea

Before you go brewing up a pot of standard black tea—or green tea, which also contains caffeine—to make into a pitcher of summertime iced tea, consider going the herbal route. Herb teas—made with such caffeine-free herbs as mint, lavender or chamomile—offer a refreshing, relaxing alternative.

Here’s a recipe for Lavender Iced Tea that should hit your sweet spot:

2 tablespoons of fresh lavender flowers (or 1 tablespoon dried)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon balm (or 1 teaspoon dried, or 1 slice of lemon)

1 tablespoon mint (or 1 teaspoon dried)

3 tablespoons honey

Pour 6 cups of boiling water over herbs and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature (add lemon slice after cooling if substituting it for lemon balm). Add honey, stir and pour over ice (make lavender-flower ice cubes to really add pizzazz). Mmm!