Maui Lavender-Mint Iced Tea

Maui Lavender-Mint Iced Tea

June 10: National Iced Tea Day

On one of our visits to Maui, we drove up-country to Kula (meaning “open meadows” in Hawaiian) to the serene and fragrant Ali’i Kula Lavender (AKL) farm. The pastel purple fields provided a vivid hue to the landscape of the gentle slopes of the Haleakala (“House of the Sun”) hillside, a contrast to the turquoise-blue ocean view in the distance below. At the lavender farm, we enjoyed walking through the cool gardens of lush tropical foliage, snacking on lavender gourmet shortbread cookies and lavender scones, sipping lavender iced tea and browsing in their gift shop. We bought a few products, including culinary lavender, which we used to make lavender-mint iced tea for National Iced Tea Day.


(Adapted from Martha Stewart Weddings)



In a large glass bowl lined with a strainer, pour the boiling water over the lavender and mint. Steep for five minutes, then strain the liquid into a pitcher. Sweeten with honey to taste. Refrigerate the tea for a few hours. Pour the tea over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and serve chilled. Yield: 2-3 servings per tall glass.

Maui Lavender-Mint Iced Tea