Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mint Tea & Recipe

The mint tea is finally peeking through. Before long we'll have a large mint garden with a variety of mints- spearmint, chocolate mint.
We enjoy tea free all summer (and all winter, until our dried tea leaves run out).
Though I am offering a simple basic recipe for homebrewed mint tea, we like to spice things up a bit. Replace the black tea with a favorite, use fresh garden grown stevia instead of sugar and lemon balm adds a nice lemony flavor without having to buy lemons! Feel free to change the recipe below to suite your taste.

7 cups water in pot
4 regular black tea bags
1 cup fresh mint leaves (I wrap them in a coffee filter w/ rubberband)
Bring tea to a boil, turn off burner & steep for 3-5 minutes.
Remove tea bags and add sugar (if you're using frsh Stevia, add that befoe boiling).
Pour into one gallon conatiner. Add cold water.
For added fun, put mint tea leaves in an empty ice cube tray, add water & freeze. Serve with homebrewed tea. Add lemon wedge to side of glass. Looks lovely.

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