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Refreshing ‘Lodebar’ Tea Blend

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  • 250g loose leaf black tea (plain and unflavoured)
  • 15g lemon grass, dried and cut *
  • 8g Twinings Earl Grey loose leaf tea (or 4 teabags, emptied)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.


To use: 

  1. Bring a kettle of water to the boil.
  2. Pre-warm the teapot by swishing with some boiling water.
  3. Add 1 heaped teaspoon of tea blend and 300ml boiling water per person, and 1 extra teaspoon for the pot.
  4. Allow to steep for 3 – 5 minutes.
  5. Tip: remember to use a tea strainer if there isn’t one inbuilt into your teapot! 
Serve with:  

Can be served black, with milk, a squeeze of lemon, or a drizzle of honey.


If you don’t care for the flavour of Earl Grey, choose your favourite black tea.

Storage suggestions:  

Store in an airtight tin or jar for up to 6 months.

Recipe Notes:

* Dried lemon grass is available at some health food shops, and online. It’s very lightweight, so keep this in mind when ordering. I usually buy 250g at a time, and it lasts us 12 – 18 months (re-making this tea blend every month or so).

* If possible, use a high-quality black loose tea as the aroma and flavour will be superior from the whole, unbroken leaves and tips of the leaves (rather than the tarry taste from broken leaves and fannings).

Peri's Recipe Reflections:

My father-in-law is kinda legendary.

Refreshing Lodebar Tea Blend | Border Park Kitchen

He’s stronger than most other men (even at 78!). For most of his life he’s resembled a bushranger with his bushy, wild beard. He drinks tea even when it’s 45 degrees Celsius (something to do with it being thirst-quenching on a hot day!) And he ‘invented’ this tea blend, while living on a small farm called ‘Lodebar’ at North Bourke, New South Wales. (NB. ‘Lo-debar’ is referred to in the Bible, and means “the place of no pastures”).

If you stay for a cup of tea in our Border Park Kitchen, you’ll almost certainly be served this blend. Most remark they can taste something a little different, but they can’t put their finger on it. The lemongrass is subtle, yet beautifully removes any trace of bitterness from the black tea. The addition of a small amount of Earl Grey tea brings its own citrus undertone, that complements and enhances the bold black tea. (Wow, I may have missed my calling as a tea connoisseur ? ).

I promise, even if you’re a die-hard lover of tea bags, it’s worth making this tea blend. Even if you don’t own a teapot, use a small diffuser ball, give it a few minutes to steep and enjoy dunking a homemade bickie into this ‘Lodebar’ tea blend.


Peri x


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4 Responses

  1. This tea sounds superb! I love all the ingredients individually, so I’m sure I will love the whole thing! And having had some at your place, and lived at lodebar a few years ago I’m sold!

    1. Bless you Jen – it’s definitely a staple in our house! Can’t wait to enjoy a cuppa together when you next visit ♥

    1. That’s so beautiful, thank you 🙂 As you may remember, I wasn’t half the tea drinker I am now when Josh and I first were engaged …. but there was something about this tea that was so inviting that made me reconsider. Perhaps it was the hands who prepared it, or the obligatory milk runs to Northie!! Both certainly helped seal the deal for a resounding ‘yes’ to being asked if I wanted another cuppa, and if I’d consider becoming a wife ♥

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