With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Minty Iced Tea

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Minty Iced Tea

A very simple and refreshing summer beverage.

Best if made each morning for dinnertime.
Begin by filling the tea kettle with fresh, cold water. Bring to a boil then pour into a 1-gallon heat-resistant pitcher. This should fill the pitcher about 1/3 full. Add six tea bags (regular or de-caffeinated) with the tags cut off. Allow to sit on counter to brew and come to room temperature.

When cool, remove the tea bags. Give a slight squeeze but not too much or your tea will taste bitter. Stir in 3/4 cup sugar (1 cup if you like your tea a little sweeter). Squeeze in juice from 1/4 of a lemon. And enough cold water to fill pitcher 2/3 full.

Go out to garden and snip a couple pieces of rampantly growing mint. Sniff its wonderful fragrance and let out a little aww... as you are returning to the kitchen.

Common garden mint
Spearmint for a little stronger flavor
Run the mint under cold water and then plunge it into the pitcher of iced-tea, crushing slightly with your fingers to release its flavor. Garnish pitcher with a couple slices of lemon.
Chill the iced-tea and serve over ice.

15 comments:

Mildred said...

Your mint is beautiful and the tea looks so very refreshing. You have a beautiful sitting area on your porch to enjoy a glass of tea.

Ann said...

Hooray for iced tea time of year. Although I suppose some probably drink it all year long, it just tastes so much better in warmer weather to me. That's a great picture. My dad had mint growing in his flower beds and I can remember picking it and loving the scent

NanaDiana said...

My family all loves iced tea. I can't drink it because I have a reaction to tanic acid..which is also in sharp cheddar cheese and red wines. But I used to love it! xo Diana

Buttercup said...

I'm an iced coffee fan, but this looks delicious. Love the photo of the mint.

Tracy said...

Yum,one of my favorite things about spirng, summer is the iced tea...gotta love it!

Snippety Gibbet said...

You should open a retreat center or a b&b. You would make such a wonderful hostess. jan

Dayle said...

Your pics always make me drool, Lorraine. Iced- tea is a staple around here. I'm probably one of the few in America who still makes tea without using tea bags. I use Lipton's loose tea, just like my mama always made. I wish I preferred tea bags (it's easier), but I think there's a huge difference in taste.

Penned Pebbles said...

My mouth is watering, your pix look so inviting!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks delicious. And refreshing! I do similar except now I use simple syrup to sweeten! Soon my mint will be ready!

Julie said...

Beautiful photographs! Your picture is lovely, too.

marie said...

Ice Tea! My most favorite drink...yum!
I'm going to make a batch of it "your way" this weekend...can't wait to try it with the mint.

Beautiful photos today!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I love to brew herbal tea in different flavors and enjoy them much the same way you do, but with stevia. Your mint looks amazing!

Lallee said...

I just picked a large bunch of mint to put by the kitchen sink this morning. I love the scent--so refreshing. I love it in my tea too.

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I love your description of mint--"rampantly growing." That's the truth! I'm guessing your yard is gorgeous in the summer.

corners of my life said...

Such a Martha Stewart you are. This tutorial has summer written beween each line. Thanks!!

My husband always usees "cold brew" tea but I think this will work just as well.

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