Summer in the south means plenty of iced tea. Non-negotiable.
The key is adding variety to your recipes.
We're kicking off the August Summer Series with iced green minty tea. Each week of August I'll share a favorite iced tea. Stay tuned for summertime favorites to sip on the porch while the weather swelters.
The days are reaching 90 degrees way too often here in Asheville! We are lucky to enjoy 60-70s in the mornings and evenings but right around 4pm, you need nothing more than a cool beverage. When water or booze isn't in the cards, iced tea is.
Our first iced tea is a healthy gem for any tea lover. The touch of mint turns green tea into a favorite go-to.
Making tea for just you or a brewing for a few? [Rhyming!] This recipe is easy to cut down or multiply.
Recipe for 2-4:
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
Remove from heat and add 3 or 4 of your favorite green tea bags to steep.
Throw in 4 sprigs (20 leaves or so) of mint into the water.
Let it all steep for about 10-12 minutes.
Ok, now strain out the mint and remove tea bags.
Let tea cool to room temperature before pouring over ice or refrigerating.
When it's time to drink, use extra ice and top with a sprig of mint! I avoid throwing mint leaves in my drinking glass unless I'm using a straw.