Sage Herbal Tea

An image of sage tea in a pitcher and fresh sage leaves
Lindsey Goodwin
Ratings (34)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
98 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
9g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A basic sage tea—technically an herbal tea or tisane—is incredibly easy to brew up at home.
However, you also can make a more refined and surprisingly delightful version of the drink by adding some lemon and sugar. A naturally caffeine-free drink, sage tea can be enjoyed hot or iced anytime day or night without causing the wakefulness caffeine drinks can induce.

This recipe works well with any of the popular sages you may find at your local supermarket or farmers market.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 ounce fresh sage leaves (roughly 45 leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Bring the water to a boil.

  2. Keep water at a simmer and add the sage leaves, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir well.

  3. Allow to steep for 20 to 30 minutes, or to taste, stirring occasionally.

  4. Strain out the sage leaves and lemon zest and serve hot, or chill and then serve iced.