The Pocket Guide: A Homemade Tea to Get You Through the End of Winter


I don’t know about you, but I’m over this winter. We had the holiday cheer, cozy fires, and first dustings of snow. It was wonderful, as those things always are. And then real winter hit, complete with snowstorms, soggy socks, and frozen toes. I can’t even remember the last time I went outside without engaging in a lengthy pre-cold bundling process first.

But one thing that has been helping me get through this bitterly cold month is this wonderful (and easy) tea recipe. I learned about it on a recent trip to Patagonia and have been making it almost every day since my return.

So here it is, straight from the farthest edges of the world.

• A handful of fresh mint (about 3-4 sprigs)
• A handful Fresh fennel fronds
• 1 Tablespoon honey (or to taste)


• Boil about 10 ounces of water
• Add mint and fennel and let seep for at least five minutes
• Add honey and stir
• Relax, put on some fuzzy socks, and know that winter cannot last forever

Note: I cannot explain why but this tea tastes better in glass cups or mugs if you have them on hand.


1394057_10200702247463101_256931400_nI’m Molly Fessenden and I am avid reader, writer, traveler, and eater. A native New Yorker, I’ve just moved back home after spending two years in Boston, where I began my career in digital media. I started writing for the Women’s iLab with the intention of sharing my thoughts on all things good. From books and food to wine and travel, there’s so much to enjoy and so little time to get around to actually doing it. The goal of the Pocket Guide is to provide you with some brief highlights of things worth reading, seeing, tasting, and doing.
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