Sage Herbal Tea Recipe

Sage tea recipe

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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
98 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 98
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 9g
Calcium 88mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A basic sage tea is easy to make. Simply pour about 1 cup boiling water over about 1 tablespoon of sage leaves and steep to the desired strength before straining out the leaves.

However, you also can make a more refined (and surprisingly delightful) version of sage tea with the recipe below. It combines fresh sage leaves with lemon and a bit of sugar.

A naturally caffeine-free drink, sage tea can be enjoyed hot or iced anytime day or night without causing the wakefulness caffeinated drinks can induce.


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

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for sage tea
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  2. Bring the water to a boil.

    Bring water to boil
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  3. Keep water at a simmer and add the sage leaves, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir well.

    Add sage leaves
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  4. Allow to steep for 20 to 30 minutes, or to taste, stirring occasionally.

    Allow to steep
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  5. Strain out the sage leaves and lemon zest. 

  6. Serve hot or chilled with ice.

    Serve hot
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  7. Enjoy!

Sage Varieties

This recipe works well with any of the popular culinary sages including garden sage, dwarf garden sage, pineapple sage, Greek sage, golden garden sage, tricolor garden sage, window box sage, grape sage, and Spanish sage.

The best herbal teas are those made with herbs that are homegrown and have not been subjected to insecticides or fertilizers. Otherwise, use organic herbs from reputable growers.