Saturday, 10 May 2014

Variations in Mint, Part 2: Mint iced-tea

Nothing says summer like iced-tea! Even though it isn't summer yet, it almost felt like it today. This mint iced-tea is a perfect accompaniment to the warm weather. The measurement sizes are quite vague and open to a lot of flexibility. I think it could be good with some slices of ginger thrown in, but I haven't given it a try.


Recipe: Mint iced-tea
Makes 1.5 liters


-A good-sized bundle of fresh mint
-Two tea bags or a tea pot's worth of loose leaf in a tea ball (plain green or black tea)
-1/4 cup of sugar, or to taste (1/4 cup will give just a hint of sweetness)
-2 limes

1. Boil 1.5 litres of water

2. Squeeze the lime juice into a pot or non-plastic jug. Add the squeezed limes into the pot/jug. Add all other ingredients into the pot/jug as well. Clean the mint thoroughly, but there's no need to pull the mint leaves off of the stems. Just throw in the whole mint stems with their leaves.

3. Once the water has boiled, poor the water into the pot/jug with the other ingredients.

4. Allow to steep for about 3-5 minutes, then remove the tea bags or loose leaf.

5. Allow the tea to continue to cool and then place it in the fridge. If you made the ice-tea in a pot, transfer it into a jug along with the mint and limes. They will continue to steep in the fridge. Once the tea has become cold, enjoy with ice!

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