Native Teas and Beverages


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There are many teas and beverages enjoyed by Native people.
Here are some recipes from various nations of the American Indians.


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Juniper or Spicewood Tea


20 tender young sprigs of juniper or spicewood
2 quarts water


Place the washed sprigs and water in a large saucepan; bring to boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and let steep for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Strain and serve.
May sweeten with honey or sugar if desired.


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HONEY DRINK

1 quart water
2/3 cup honey


Place water and honey in large container with tight fitting lid. Shake well to blend ingredients.
Chill thoroughly and serve iced in small glasses.


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MINT TEA

10 large stalks fresh mint, washed
2 quarts water


Place mint and water in a large saucepan and bring slowly to a boil.
Turn off the heat and cover.
Let steep for 5 minutes.
Strain and serve.


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SASSAFRAS TEA

4 cups water
6 Sassafras roots; found in spring or fall


Wash the sassafras roots well.
Bring the water to a boil; add roots.
Continue to boil the roots until the water becomes red and the smell becomes strong.
May add sugar or honey to sweeten.


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APRICOT DRINK

About 15-20 fresh apricots

Pour hot water over apricots.
Squash out the pulp and strain this mixture through a cloth.
Drink hot.


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Manzanita Berry Juice

Manzanita berries, ripe
Water; spring or well water is best


Pick and clean ripe manzanita berries.
Mash berries; add water.
Chill and serve.


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