Tisane: An Herbal Infusion & New Use for a Bar Cart

Tisane: An Herbal Infusion & New Use for a Bar Cart

Amy Azzarito
Sep 26, 2008

A few weeks ago we went to Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York (20 miles north of NYC). The meal was spectacular, but it was the simplest component that really wowed us…

After the meal, we were offered a tisane &mdash a herbal tea or infusion using any leaves BUT that of a tea plant. A wooden cart filled with potted herbs and lit with tea lights was pushed to our table. Our waiter snipped off leaves for us to smell and helped us choose the herbs for our infusion.

We immediately thought that this was something that we could recreate at home. Herb plants from the Greenmarket, a bar cart and some beautiful scissors... We've been looking for an excuse to get beautiful Japanese scissors, and we're on the hunt for a vintage bar cart...


P.S. If you're not familiar with the restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns combines a working farm, restaurant, and educational center. Dan Barber, chef and creative director, has been a vocal proponent of farm to table dining and local food. (Note: The farm is open to the public. You can visit the animals and greenhouse, shop in the gift/bookstore and grab a bite at the Blue Hill Café.)

Blue Hill Tisane Photos by Jen Munkvold Photography

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