If you are getting as much heat as we finally are in Seattle, then my chilled Mint Tea is the clean and refreshing drink you have been craving!
Mint is one of the most widely used herbs in culinary traditions throughout the world.
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If you are getting too hot on a warm and sunny weekend, then you will want something like this Chilled Mint Tea to cool you off. The tea’s cooling effects don’t only come from the ice, but also from the mint. Mint has amazing cooling and relaxing properties, so it is found in most herbal teas, balms, ointments, and any product made to soothe your mind and body.
You probably already use mint in one form or another when you have a cold or a sore throat. Why not enjoy its purest flavor, in fresh form! You can find mint available almost everywhere, and it’s easy to grow as I do in my own garden.
Mint is a well-known breath freshener and digestive. Chew on mint candy after eating to freshen your mouth with its aroma, and at the same time it helps digest your food. Mint helps relieve both indigestion and inflammation. It actually secretes digestive enzymes directly in your mouth! All reasons for mint’s common use in food.
If it is too cool for a chilled tea right now, then skip the cooling step in my recipe below, and enjoy a cup of fresh warm mint tea, it will do you just as good!
30 fresh, organic spearmint leaves from my garden (Use any kind of mint you have, and more if you like stronger flavor.)
3 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
handful of mint leaves to garnish
1. Add the mint leaves and honey to a big measuring cup, one which can hold boiling-hot water.
2. Add about 1/4 cup of the boiling water first, and stir the honey to dissolve.
3. Add the rest of the water, and let the tea steep for 5-7 minutes. Have a taste to see it you like the strength.
4. Strain the tea into a pitcher and let it cool to refrigerator temperature.
5. When ready to serve, pour your tea into a glass with a few ice cubes and a couple of fresh mint leaves, and enjoy!