There’s absolutely nothing more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a glass of iced mint tea. Luckily, mint prospers all throughout the summer, and as any herb gardener knows, it often takes over the garden as it grows. While mint can add a refreshing quality to anything in which it’s added, my favorite way to utilize it when I have it growing in my summer’s garden and available in quantity is in tea. The following recipe is more than easy, so don’t worry about breaking a sweat on these hot, steamy days.
If mint isn’t growing nearby and the quantity called for in this recipe isn’t available, consider halving the recipe. It may seem like quite a bit of mint, but try not to skimp on the tea’s star ingredient. Poured over ice, the powerful minty flavor is needed.
- Simply Mint Tea
- -40-50 12-inch mint sprigs, about 2 cups of leaves, tightly packed
- -Water, 7 cups
- -Honey, if desired (The tea is so delicious all on it's own, it really doesn't need sweetener. But, if you're accustomed to a little sugar in your tea, feel free to add in some honey.)
- Strip mint leaves off stems. Wash leaves. In a 2 quart kettle, add 6 cups of water. Place kettle on high heat and bring water to boil. Turn off heat and add mint leaves, using a spoon to submerge leaves. (Add honey to taste, if using.) Recover kettle, and let steep at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
- Pour tea through strainer into a pitcher. Serve in a glass over ice. Relax and enjoy.