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
- 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.
- Serve over ice with fresh lemon.