1. Fresh Mint Tea
Mint tea made with fresh mint and hot water, in your teacup in less than ten minutes! There's nothing more comforting than a cup of fresh mint tea.
|4-5 stalks of fresh mint, with stems|
|4 cups boiling water|
|Sugar or honey, if desired|
|1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.|
|2. While water is boiling, fill a 4-6 cup teapot to the brim with hot water from the tap, and let it sit until the tea water boils.|
|3. When the tea water is boiling, empty the now-warm teapot. Roll the mint between your palms until it is slightly crushed. Place in teapot.|
|4. Pour boiling water over the crushed mint, cover the teapot, and let it steep for 5 minutes.|
|5. Pour into your favorite teacup, inhale deeply, and enjoy!|
2. Sun-Brewed Mint Tea
Use sun power to brew a lemon-tinged mint tea delicately sweetened with wildflower honey.
|2 quarts water|
|0.25 cup wildflower honey|
|1 large lemon|
|2 bunches fresh mint leaves|
|1. Pour the water into a large glass container with a lid. Stir in honey until dissolved.|
|2. Zest the lemon, being careful not to include any white pith, and juice the lemon. Combine the zest and juice with the honey water mixture.|
|3. Hold a bunch of mint in one hand; use your other hand to twist and squeeze the leaves, slightly bruising them to release their fragrance and oils. Immerse the bunches in the water mixture. Cover the container and place in direct sunlight for two hours. Remove the mint leaves, shake, and serve over ice in tall glasses, garnished with a mint sprig.|
3. Meadow Tea
Meadow Tea is a Lancaster County staple with the local Amish and Mennonite Communities. This refreshing mint tea is perfect on a hot summer day!
|1 cup packed mint leaves|
|2 quarts water|
|1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar|
|fresh lemon juice|
|lemon slice for garnish|
|1. Gather tea and wash well.|
|2. Remove enough tea leaves to pack 1 cup|
|3. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water to a boil.|
|4. Add tea leaves.|
|5. Cover pot and remove from heat source.|
|6. Leave pot covered for 2 hours for tea to steep.|
|7. Strain tea leaves from liquid.|
|8. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar and stir until dissolved.|
|9. Add a splash of fresh lemon juice if desired.|
|10. Garnish with a fresh lemon slice.|
6 grams carbohydrates
0 grams protein
0 grams saturated fat
11 milligrams sodium
0 grams fiber
4 grams sugar
4. Amish Meadow Tea
Meadow tea is a refreshing, herbal-based tea made from mint leaves. Herbs add refreshing flavor to a variety of dishes and drinks, but there’s something especially pleasing about using fresh mint in your recipes. However, any gardener also knows that mint grows aggressively, and can be quite invasive in a garden. But this drink is the perfect way to use up all that mint so none of it goes to waste.
|1. Follow best practices for picking herbs and pick mint from your garden early in the morning if possible. You can cut sections off stalks with pruning shears or just pick off individual leaves.|
|2. Wash and rinse off your fresh mint carefully to remove any dirt or pests.|
|3. Fill a large pot with 2 quarts of water and bring it to a boil over high heat on your stovetop.|
|4. Remove Pot From Heat|
|5. Add in one cup worth of packed mint leaves, place a tight-fitting lid over top, and remove the pot from the heat.|
|6. Let this mix steep for around 2 ½ hours or more, until the water turns a mint green color.|
|7. After it’s done, strain and discard the mint as you transfer the tea into a container of your choice.|
|8. Add In Sugar & Lemon Juice|
|9. Add in the sugar and lemon juice, stirring until it’s completely dissolved.|
|10. Refrigerate Tea|
|11. Refrigerate the tea until it’s perfectly chilled.|
|12. Serve to guests over ice with lemon slices and extra mint to garnish as desired.|
5. Amish - Mennonite Meadow Tea
Meadow Tea is a simple refreshing Iced Mint Tea made with fresh mint and enjoyed in Amish and Mennonite communities. Meadow Tea to Mennonites is what Sweet Tea is to Southerners.
|4 cups (packed) fresh mint (spearmint or peppermint)|
|2 quarts water (8 cups)|
|2 cups sugar|
|1. Gather the fresh mint together and soak and rinse in cold water. Pull the mint leaves off of the stem and set aside.|
|2. Sometimes I just leave the mint leaves on the stem and haven't noticed a difference once steeped. It's really a personal preference.|
|3. Add the mint leaves to a cheese cloth and gather it together and tie it in a knot.|
|4. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and add the sugar. Lightly boil for 5 minutes.|
|5. Add the cheese cloth with the mint leaves into the pot (pressing down to make sure the cheese cloth is completely submerged).|
|6. Boil for 1 minute more then remove the pot from the heat.|
|7. Cover and let steep for 4- 5 hours.|
|8. Strain the concentrate and pour into Freezer containers and freeze.|
|9. Use approximately 1 part tea concentrate to 2 - 3 parts of water and mix to combine. Serve over ice with or without lemon slice.|
6. Meadow Tea - PA Dutch Iced Mint Tea
PA Dutch Meadow Tea is a simple, refreshing drink made with fresh mint.
|3 1/2 quarts water (14 cups)|
|2 packed cups fresh mint (whole)|
|1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar ***see note***|
|1. This recipe makes 3 1/2 quarts of iced tea - enough to fill an average sized "sun tea" jar.|
|2. Boil water in a large pot.|
|3. Rinse mint leaves - keep whole. I do this in a colander - inspect and rinse well - I always find lots of sticky little critters on mint.|
|4. Add mint to pot of boiling water.|
|5. Cover pot, remove from heat and let steep for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.|
|6. Remove whole mint leaves with a slotted spoon. Let leaves drain and dry in colander. Leaves can be reused once for another batch of tea.|
|7. Pour tea thru a fine screen into your storage container. I use a handled screen that fits over the top of my sun tea jar and pour/ladle the tea thru. If you don't have a screen you could use a sifter or even a kitchen towel. Please use something - you don't want bits and pieces of leaves floating around.|
|8. Stir in sugar to taste. ***NOTE*** I prefer a lightly sweetened tea so I add 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup sugar. Local Meadow Tea is made MUCH sweeter - I'd estimate they use 1 cup - 1 1/2 cup sugar. Start with the lower amount of sugar and add in any additional sugar until you reach desired sweetness.|
|9. Refrigerate, serve cold. Enjoy : )|
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