Lemon balm, also known as balm mint, is an herb great for making tea and flavoring dishes. In recipes that call for lemon peel, lemon balm can be a substitute. Lemon balm can be incorporated into a variety of foods from soups to cookies.
Cutting instructions: Harvest lemon balm just as you would mint by taking a few sprigs from different parts of the plant.
Honey Lemon Balm Spritzer Recipe
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup lime or lemon juice (or combination of the two)
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1 cup lemon balm, lightly packed
- lime or lemon slices
- 2 cups cold sparkling water
In a large pitcher, mix honey and warm water until honey combined.
Add lime/lemon juice, and 1 cup cold water. Mix well.
Crush lemon balm and add to mixture. Using a muddle or wooden spoon handle, smash lemon balm in the bottom of the pitcher. Add lime/lemon slices and refrigerate mixture until chilled (about an hour).
Once chilled, add 2 cups of cold sparkling water. Stir.
Pour through a strainer into individual glasses over crushed ice.
Garnish beverages with lemon balm leaves and citrus slices. (Original Recipe)