May 14, 2011

Freshly Brewed Ice Tea with Fresh Mint



What can be more thirst quenching on a hot summer day than a tall glass of fresh brewed iced tea over ice with lemon and fresh mint leaves...

Spearmint is always the first thing to bloom in my garden every spring. As it sprouts each Spring, it always brings back memories of my childhood as Mom would always put fresh mint in our iced tea. Funny how smells can take you back in time, I just can't walk past my mint without pleasant thoughts of iced tea.

Making home brewed tea is very simple. You can use orange pekoe or black tea for traditional iced tea or experiment with fruit flavors like passion fruit, peach, mango, pomegranate which are especially nice if you aren't using sugar. 

Brew your tea and discard the tea bags before refrigerating. Serve with fresh lemon slices or fresh fruit if you are using fruit tea. Add the lemon slices right before serving to avoid a bitter taste. For sweet tea add the sugar, agave, honey or Splenda with the boiled water so it dissolves (extra calories and points).



Freshly Brewed Ice Tea with Fresh Mint
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 0 pt • Points+: 0 pt
Calories: 3 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 0 g • Carb: 0.8 g • Fiber: 0 g • Sugar: 0.2 g
Sodium 0.1 mg   

 
  • 6 tea bags of your choice
  • 6 cups water
  • a few sprigs of mint leaves
  • one lemon, sliced for serving

Boil 2 cups of water, add 6 tea bags to boiling water and let the tea steep for about 15 minutes without moving, if you are making sweet tea add sweetener.

Discard tea bags (do not squeeze or tea will be bitter) and combine with remaining cold water and fresh mint. Refrigerate. Serve over ice with fresh lemon.

29 comments :

  1. The mint doesn't need to steep with the tea or anything, so this should work for sun tea, right? That's the only way we make tea here...

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  2. I love ice tea! I cant wait for the rain to stop and the sun to come out so I can enjoy some! Love your blog!

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  3. Looks great! I love iced tea but i usually buy myself one over the counter. Maybe should try to make my self some of it. Thanks for the share .

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    1. And much better...

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  4. This would work great for sun tea too, no need to steep the mint, although you can if you wish for a stronger mint taste. I just like to muddle the leaves a little in my glass when I add ice.

    Jaclyn, thank you!

    aeshcame, it's so much cheaper to make yourself!

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  5. this is really nice and refreshing drink

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  6. Super refreshing! AHhhhhhh.... I can have this everyday!

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  7. This looks so refreshing :) you are always so spot on! :)

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  8. What happened to the recipe for the chicken parmigiana burger recipe? I got the emial update, but now can't find it on your blog. It looks delish!

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  9. Sorry, Blogger had a major crash and they lost the lost two posts on all blogs.
    Hope it comes back but until then, here is the recipe for one.

    You can double, triple, quadruple.

    8 points +

    4 oz lean chicken burger (I used murrays)
    1 oz reduced fat slice of mozzarella cheese (I used alpine lace)
    1/4 cup pomodoro sauce (or jar pasta sauce)
    fat free roll such as ciabatta

    Heat sauce, cook burger 2-3 minutes on each side. Top with cheese; when melted put on a roll and top with sauce.

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  10. Mmm. I love sweet tea when it's still slightly warm and has a few ice cubes. Something about the warm and cold combination makes me feel like summer.

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  11. Gina, the pitcher of tea looks delicious! I enjoy iced tea but for me, it seems like it gets cloudy looking very easily when I have made it and wondered how to avoid that? I discovered your blog awhile back and enjoy it. Thanks!

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  12. Hi Gina,

    Where did you get the container for the ice tea? Is it glass or plastic? I have been looking for one for sometime.

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  13. I have never made fresh iced tea from scratch before but it does look easy and perfect for a summer day!

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  14. tjbh - Don't refrigerate the tea if it's warm, that will make it cloudy which is why you add cold water to the hot, you can even add some ice. I avoid squeezing the tea bags, this helps prevent it from getting bitter and sometimes I even add a pinch of baking soda to the hot tea, it's said to help prevent a bitter tea.

    Louise - I've had it for years, it's glass.

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  15. Recipes will always be helpful to all of us and thank you for an excellent blog.

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  16. Oh yum, that looks so delicious!!!

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  17. TO TJBH, I have the same issue but have learned it's from my water, I live in the county and have well water, I have a water softener but for some reason end up with cloudy tea. I buy gallons of water to fix tea with or get it from where I work, they have good city water.

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  18. Gina, I make this then when I have company, I pour it into glass with seltzer water and lemonade to mix it up! Mmmmm, good!

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  19. Delicious iced tea recipe, Gina! I tried this with some pomegranate white tea I got at my local natural foods co-op and it came out wonderfully!

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  20. Delicious! Used Tazo Zen tea. Enjoying it right now.

    Thanks again Gina.

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  21. Mmm the mint in this is a great idea!

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  22. Love your tea idea. Here are a few other ways to use mint (and a great way to get kids to drink h20): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJtUBapHRFk

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  23. I finally made this last week using vanilla rooibus. Vanilla and mint is so refreshing!! TY!

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  24. which type of tea is the best

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  25. OMG!!:D
    Now thats what i call ice tea!

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  26. I love the taste of mint in my tea but when I use the fresh spearmint from my garden I notice it taste a bit "grassy". I have now tried just using the leaves not the stem. Do you have any suggestions? Thank You!

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  27. I just made this iced tea this past weekend and it was delish! My husband already drank it all and I'm making another pitcher tonight. Thanks for all the great recipes!!

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  28. AWESOMEEE ! :D
    I just made one 1 glass for myself as a tryout and it turned out to be just aaamzing !

    .. thaank a lot for posting refreshing drinks. Love your blog. x

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