Caffeine-free beverages are hotter than ever as more and more tea drinkers search for a satisfying alternative to lackluster decaffeinated teas. These drinks are called herbals, infusions or the French term tisanes. These natural blends are not true “teas” because they contain no tea leaves, but they do have a history as old as the tea leaf itself.
Soon after the tea dust settled across Boston Harbor on the night of December 16, 1773, colonial women organized a campaign to ban English tea from every household.
Homemakers searched their gardens and orchards for suitable herbs and fruits to fill their beloved teapots. They called these home brews Liberty Teas, which they steeped in a newly-named Liberty Teapot.