Monday, July 16, 2012

Mint Tea

With all the crazy hot weather we’ve been having lately, my garden has had a HUGE growth spurt. Especially my fickle mint plant that I once thought wasn’t going to make it. I love seeing my baby plants grow up - this is my first garden I’ve planted myself, being a grown-up and all, haha.

So, my mint plant has been growing like crazy the past few weeks. What’s one to do with all those excess leaves?  The simplest and easiest way to use them up is by making an ingenuous tea. Summer or winter, chilled or hot, I love my mint tea.

Mint Tea

What you'll need:

4-6 cups of water (enough to fill up your pot)

About 20-30 fresh mint leaves (depends on how big they are or sometimes I loose count, haha)

Honey (or sugar) to taste - if desired. Start with about 1 tbsp per cup (I eyeball it)

1 Lemon


HEAT the water to a roiling boil.

ADD the mint leaves and sweetener as desired (or none at all), 3-4 lemon slices. Stir and continue to boil for 2-3 minutes, remove from heat. Continue to let the leaves steep.

REMOVE from heat.

POUR/STRAIN tea into a pitcher (over ice or not, it’s your call!) 

(Side note: I strain mine by putting my strainer over the top of my pitcher (hold on to it), then pour the mix slowly into it.)

SERVE in mugs or glasses, chilled, over ice or hot.


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