In Crete in winter we drink a lot of  "Vrastaria". In other words, we drink tea made with a variety of Cretan herbs. These hot drinks  are considered medicinal for colds but also tonic for the body.

In the summer we can leave these kettles to cool, add honey and ice cubes and enjoy a completely natural and tonic ice cream.


1.5 liters of water

2 teaspoons Mountain tea

2 teaspoons dittany

2 teaspoons sage

Peels of 1 lemon

Lemon juice

5-6 mint or mint leaves

3 tablespoons Organic Toplou Honey


In a saucepan put the water and lemon zest. Boil for 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the herbs, mint, lemon juice.

Finally, add the wonderful organic Toplou honey, stir until the honey melts. Cover with a towel and leave for 15 minutes.

Strain the tea and let it cool completely. Store in glass bottles in the refrigerator.

Serve with mint leaves and pieces of orange, lemon or lime.

Good luck!

Recipe  by Nektaria Kokkinaki. You can find a rich collection of her recipes in CRETAN TASTE.