There’s nothing like a cold beverage to refresh you on a hot summer day. One of my favorite is mint iced tea. I recently found mint leaf in bulk for about a dollar for two dry cups. I find the mint leaf by itself doesn’t have quite enough body for my liking, so I add in a little loose black tea. Sometimes I also use a little honey if I’m in the mood for something sweet. Iced tea is easy to make ahead of time, particularly for picnics. In fact, I think I’ll make some more for my July 4th festivities.
- 2 tbsp mint leaf
- 1 tbsp loose black tea
- 32 oz water
- 1-2 tsp honey (optional)
- kettle for boiling water
- tea pot
- enough jars for 1 quart of water
- a fine mesh strainer or other sieve
- Boil the water. While the water is boiling, put the mint leaf and black tea in the tea pot.
- Pour the water over the tea and cover. Let it steep for at least ten minutes. You want strong tea since it will be diluted with water.
- If you want sweet tea, put about a teaspoon or so of honey in the bottom of your jar(s). The hot water will make it easier to dissolve the honey. When the tea has steeped, pour the tea slowly through the strainer and into the jar(s). If you added honey, be sure to give the tea a stir.
- Put the lid on the jar(s) and stick it in the fridge for later. Serve over ice. If you want to drink it immediately, I recommend putting it in the fridge for a least a few minutes with the lid off the jar to let out some of the heat.