Local tea maven Katie Marquez of Conscious Apothecary shares a summertime recipe for turning our custom-blend herbal tea into a refreshing lemonade.
One happy day last September, I got a Facebook message from botanical alchemist Katie Marquez of Conscious Apothecary. I knew Katie at the time as a manager at one of my favorite veg-friendly restaurants — Lulu's Local Eatery on South Grand — and even though we didn't know each other well, I did know one thing for sure: Her teas were (and are) delicious. I'd had several at Lulu's before, and with each sip you could just taste all the love and good vibes she pours into her blends.
So it was pretty much a no-brainer when she asked about stocking her concoctions in the shop. And I was over-the-moon excited when she mentioned doing a custom blend that incorporated calendula, which is a variety of marigold, as is Lemon Gem. (That's right: Our shop name comes from an edible flower, not citrus fruit!) And thus: Gemonade was born.