Heat waves conjure up only one image: a glass with steaming walls, the coolness of which slips through the veins. This thought can become a reality with a refreshing non-alcoholic drink made from the flowers of the linden tree. If you like the smell of warming tea in the winter, why not try lemonade in the summer season. How to prepare this sour taste? Follow us !
For what refreshing drink to fall for during the heat waves?
The difficulty of choice is justified by the long and “fresh” list of drinks that quench our thirst when the temperatures rise. The only condition is that they have a sublime aroma and a sour taste. If you’ve already tried our Flower Flavored Lavender Syrup recipe or you’ve taken advantage of the benefits of elderflower syrup, you may be fascinated to know the proportions to make a refreshing non-alcoholic drink. Just fill a basket with linden flowers.
Let some of it dry and make a warming herbal tea in the winter. As for the second batch of linden flowers, you can add another recipe to your notebook.
What are the health benefits of linden?
The flowers of this tree can detoxify the body thanks to their sudorific and diuretic properties. A tablespoon of dried flowers, infused in 0.5 l of boiling water, can cause sweating and eliminate urinary secretions. It is necessary to drink it 2-3 times a day for 2-3 weeks. In case of fever, it is very effective in lowering the temperature.
If you drink it every night before going to bed, herbal tea ensures a comforting and peaceful sleep.
In the case of gout, it is a natural remedy with a diuretic effect.
No more migraines and headaches!
The benefits do not end with the herbal tea of the flowers: the bark is recommended orally to remove bloating and eliminate bile.
So, considering the rich content of linden flowers (essential oils, tannins, flavonoids, vitamin C, amino acids and antioxidants), it is imperative to make it a refreshing homemade summer drink.
With so many benefits, linden invites itself among the refreshing drinks that give us energy and freshness in the summer.
From 4 l of water you get 4 l of lemonade. After picking the linden flowers, spread them out on newspaper or a piece of cloth and let them dry in the shade. The sun can remove essential oils.
Take a large handful (approx. 150 g) before the flowers dry out completely. Cut a lemon into thin slices. You need another 0.5 l of fruit vinegar and 400-500 g of sugar.
Boil the water and after it has been removed from the heat, mix it with the other ingredients. The maceration will be successful if you leave the liquid in a stoneware container, as our ancestors did. Then covered and at room temperature for 4-5 days, the lemonade starts to bubble and foam. It will be necessary to touch once or twice.
Finally, it is filtered and put into bottles or jars with clamp closures. It should be kept cool and not consumed for ten days. During fermentation, it can explode and produce the effect of champagne. That is why, carefully open, keep the face.
The above instructions can be used for elderflowers.
An energizing lemonade recipe
To quench thirst, tone up and relieve headaches: a homemade refreshing drink is alternated with carbonated drinks.
You will need two handfuls of linden flowers, one lemon, 2 tablespoons of honey, 3 liters of water and mint leaves (optional). The latter in combination with linden flowers gives an unmistakable scent. The mint syrup is also not to be missed.
We have already said that linden flowers should be dried in a shady and airy place.
Note that boiling the water is not a necessity.
Take a 3l jar and put the dried flowers and honey in it. You can add other aromatic herbs such as lemon balm and basil.
Cut the lemon into thin slices and fill with water up to the throat. Cover with a piece of cloth and leave it in the sun for 6 to 8 hours.
If you want to strain, do so and refrigerate. Drinking with ice cubes is a plus. In addition, you can make your own flavored ice cubes to give energy to every summer drink.
Virtually no side effects are reported, but people with heart problems and pregnant women should avoid it.