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Sage Tea Recipe


An image of sage tea in a pitcher and fresh sage leaves

Fresh sage leaves give sage tea an herbaceous, refreshing flavor.

Lindsey Goodwin
Basic sage tea (technically an 'herbal tea' or 'tisane') is easy to make. Simply pour about one cup boiling water over about one tablespoon sage leaves and steep to the desired strength before straining out the leaves.

However, you can also make a more refined (and surprisingly delightful!) version of sage tea with the recipe below. It combines fresh sage leaves with lemon and a bit of sugar.

A naturally caffeine-free drink, sage tea can be enjoyed hot or iced anytime in the day or night.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Three to four servings


  • 1/2 oz fresh sage leaves (roughly 45 leaves; most commercially pre-packaged herbs come in a 3/4 ounce size in the grocery store)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (1 ounce)
  • 1/4 oz grated or thinly peeled lemon rind (about 1.5 tsp grated or 1 tbsp thinly peeled, or the zest/peel of one large lemon)
  • Juice from one lemon (about 3 tbsp)
  • 1 quart (4 cups) water


  1. While preparing the other ingredients, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Keep water at a simmer and add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Allow to steep for 20 to 30 minutes, or to taste, stirring occasionally.
  4. Strain out the sage leaves and serve hot, or chill and then serve iced.

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