RECIPE IDEA: Iced Mint Tea
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Hi. It’s Lois at Recipe Idea Shop, telling you about one of my favorite summer drinks, Iced Mint Tea. I switched to growing spearmint instead of peppermint in my potted kitchen garden. Peppermint doesn’t fare well on my porch. And the spearmint is growing like a weed. I like spearmint better than peppermint anyway. Which do you prefer?
Both mints are good for you. Here’s what Medical News Today says about spearmint:
“It is often used in medicine for its claimed therapeutic properties. Spearmint contains vitamins, antioxidants, and vital nutrients. Its aroma is very similar to that of peppermint. It contains less menthol than peppermint, but it is rich in limonene, dihydrocarvone, and cineol.”
Weight Loss Drink
Iced Mint Tea is an excellent option if you want to lose weight, too. Zero calories. That’s right. ZERO. Unless you add sugar; then it’s still only 8 calories a cup. I prefer it plain—that is, no sugar. Even with sugar, it’s a whole lot better for you than a commercial soft drink with all its sugar and chemicals. The mint is good for settling your stomach too.
Easy Peasy Recipe
It’s super easy to make, either by boiling the water or heating it in the microwave. I’m usually lazy and do it in the microwave, heating it on high for 2 minutes (some recipes say to steep it for 5-6 minutes) until the water is boiling. Your microwave may take a different amount of time because each appliance is different. You don’t have to chop the leaves. Just take a few leaves (maybe 6), rinse them off to make sure they aren’t dirty, and put them in a cup of water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Steep the leaves for about 2 minutes. Remove the leaves from the cup and pour the tea over a glass of ice. Yum! Delicious Iced Mint Tea. Serve it with Watermelon Olive Mint Salad and capitalize on the delicious flavor.
If you prefer to boil your water and make a larger amount in a teapot, simply put the mint leaves in the teapot and fill it with boiling water. Let steep for two or three minutes and remove the leaves.
Mint is a terrific communicator. It really droops if you need to water it. Take a look:
If you like sugar in your tea, add a teaspoon of sugar to the pot or cup at the same time you add the leaves. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and pour the tea over a glass of ice. Voila! Iced Mint Tea with sugar.
No special tools are needed for this recipe. A teakettle for boiling water is helpful; we have a Le Creuset model. A lovely decorative teapot and beautiful iced tea glasses for serving are nice.
- 2 cups water
- 6 spearmint or peppermint leaves
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Put the mint leaves in a teapot.
- Pour the boiling water over the leaves into the pot.
- Steep for 2-5 minutes.
- Remove leaves.
- Add sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves, if you are using sugar.