Bring on the cooling herbs!It’s the time of year to move away from heating herbs like ginger and cinnamon. Choose energetically cooling plants like peppermint, hibiscus, rosehip and lemon balm for your teas. For a little variety, here are a handful of herb-inspired drink recipes to keep you cool as a cucumber.Tip: Herbs and fruits that are bright in colour are the ultimate choice. These plants are rich in antioxidants that help to negate inflammation and have a cooling effect on the body’s tissues.Summertime teaServes 1 (all day long!)Harness the sun’s powerful rays to gently infuse your tea.Ingredients:1 handful of dried peppermint leaves1 handful of dried hibiscus flowers1 handful of dried lemongrass or lemon balm leaves1 litre of filtered waterMethod:In the morning, take a large litre jar and place the herbs in the bottom.Top up the jar with a litre of filtered water.Stir and then apply the lid to the jar.Leave the jar in a sunny place outside to infuse throughout a summer’s afternoon.As the sun sets, go out and collect your jar.Strain the solar infused tea and place in the fridge to cool overnight. You now have a pre-prepared summer iced tea to sip at the following day!Elderflower, lemon and sodaServes 1A botanical, non-alcoholic play on an old classic.Ingredients:30mL elderflower cordial30mL fresh lemon juiceTop up with soda waterA slice of lemon to garnishMethod:Pour the cordial and lemon juice over ice in a highball glass.Top up with soda water and add a slice of lime to garnish. Stir, sip, enjoy on a hot Australian night!Watermelon hibiscus mocktailServes 4Rehydrate with this ultimate antioxidant and cooling brew.Ingredients:250mL hibiscus flower tea frozen into ice cubes250mL hibiscus flower tea at room temperature4 cups chopped watermelon1 tsp fresh lime juiceMint leaf garnishMethod:Blend together the watermelon chunks, ice cubes, tea and lime juice.Garnish with fresh mint.