Iced Mint Tea

3 May

Here is one of my favorite summer drink!

What you need:

+ a 2 quart pitcher that can handle hot and cold drinks (my Tupperware ones work GREAT!)

+ a way to boil 2 quarts of water (I use my “singing” tea kettle, but a large pot or even a microwaveable dish would do the trick)

+ 2 herbal min tea bags

+ 1/2 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey (I always use the honey)

What you do:

Bring two quarts of water to boil. Let cool about 5 minutes before pouring into the 2 quart pitcher. Immediately insert your two herbal mint tea bags into the hot water. Add the sugar or honey. Stir well. Leave the pitcher out to cool and let the tea percolate well. I usually leave mine out for several hours before refridgerating. However, you can also serve the tea immediately over ice to enjoy your chilled drink right away. I don’t take my tea bags out until I’ve drunk the whole pitcher, which can take a day or two. But once the bags have percolated for several hours you can remove them and throw them away. For some reason, I don’t! Laziness I guess. 🙂 Special note: if you are going to serve your tea over ice immediately, and your serving cup is a glass, it’s a good idea to put a metal spoon in the glass first, then your ice, then pour the tea in. For some reason, the metal spoon helps diffuse the heat enough to keep the glass from shattering if it is not heat resistant or able to handle drastic temperature changes. Once you’ve served your glass, you can take the spoon out.

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