I love all things tea! As I mentioned on the About Me page, I enjoy frequenting tea houses and thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Charleston Tea Plantation a few years ago. I collect all things tea; from fine quality teas to teapots and serving dishes for tea parties. I have taken classes on the social history of tea and have taught the etiquette and history behind this fascinating tradition in private classes. I studied tea from a healing perspective as I earned my certification as a herbalist. So, I really mean it when I say I love all things tea!
In colonial America tea was a precious commodity. Since it was so expensive it was often kept under lock and key by the lady of the house. In Felicity’s school story a tea caddy is mentioned and is sold with her collection. A tea caddy is a box or fine container made for storing tea. Before the tea caddy, people used beautifully decorated ginger jars as tea canisters. Some wooden box caddy’s were made large enough to have compartments for different kinds of tea and to hold sugar, they were called tea chests. My personal favorite is the locking box caddy, because that’s what Felicity used. I purchased my historic replica in Williamsburg, VA.
In the 1760s, Britain began imposing heavy taxes on the American colonies. The colonists no longer wanted to pay the high taxes without being represented in British Parliament – taxation without representation. On December 16, 1773 a group of colonists slipped onto a British East India Company ship and dumped 342 chest of tea into the Boston Harbor. The chests held more than 90,000 pounds of tea.
As patriots began boycotting British goods, they came up with new ways to manage without the things they loved. Instead of forsaking their tea time traditions, patriots used a substitute…herbs. The Latin name for the tea-plant is Camellia Sinensis. Any drink without it cannot technically be called tea. For example, chamomile tea isn’t really tea at all because there isn’t any Camellia Sinensis leaf in the drink. It would technically be called a tisane. I love to make tisanes for my family using plants and herbs from my garden. One of my favorite herbs to drink in the summer is apple mint but I use all kinds! Today we’re going to use red raspberry leaf.
To see more of my trip, visit Felicity at Daniel Boone’s Home. For more Felicity recipes, try Felicity’s Raspberry Flummery and Felicity’s Spiced Nuts.
For this recipe you will need 3 teaspoons of dried red raspberry leaf (found at health food stores or online), 6 cups of water and honey (optional). I personally do not sweeten my tea because I want to taste and note all the flavors, but just do what works for you.
Start by boiling the water in a kettle. A saucepan will work if you don’t have a kettle. Measure the raspberry leaves into a tea ball or basket and place in your teapot. Pour the hot water over the leaves and cover. Let it steep for 5 minutes.
Pour the tea into your cup. If you want to sweeten it, add honey to taste while it’s warm. Enjoy!
Liberty Tea ~ Pleasant Company
(This recipe has been adapted from Felicity’s Cook Book.)
3 teaspoons of dried red raspberry leaf
6 cups of water
- Boil water in a teakettle or saucepan.
- Place the raspberry leaves in a tea ball or basket and place in the water. Cover and steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea from the pot and pour into cups.
- If adding honey, stir it in while the tea is warm.
8 thoughts on “Felicity’s Liberty Tea”
I really enjoyed reading this! I love the history behind tea and the recipe was such a fun addition!
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!
This tea sounds wonderful. I love tea and drink several cups a day. I guess I get my love of tea from my British grandmother who loved fresh brewed tea so much that she drank it out of a deep soup bowl. My grandson, who is 13 loves cups of fresh brewed tea also, so much so that when he comes for a visit I spend more time fixing tea than anything else. I live in Victorian Cape May and tea parties are very common here and the Physick Estate holds tea parties all the time. I do like my tea sweet though. Will have to try your recipe as we have a tea shoppe in town that sells all kinds of tea.
That is so neat! I would love to attend one of those tea parties! What fun!
My favorite thing to do is to take Afternoon Tea! I too travel around to tearooms. Whenever I attend a doll convention, I always check to see if there is a tearoom near the hotel.
Sandra mentioned the Physick Estate. When my daughter was little, we took a AAA bus trip to Cape May. Afternoon tea there was part of the itinerary.
Our local tearoom sometimes has doll teas, where dolls can accompany their owners. Women from our local doll club always attend. Now that is pure bliss, dolls and tea! Joy, joy, joy!
How fun! Yes, doll tea party’s are wonderful! Thanks for sharing ❤️
Raspberry leaf tea has been used to ease labor difficulties (shorten labor, induce labor) for centuries. It’s fun to make! (It’s safe early in pregnancy and cautioned for use about midway through until the end of term).
I’ve also heard people use it to calm their bodies including once a month!
You are correct! I use it for that time of the month and it works beautifully for cramping. One friend of mine used it faithfully before she became pregnant and during and was told by her Dr. she had a beautiful uterus. 😂