All signs from my recent posts point to warm weather (I promise I’m not confused about seasons!) but really, who doesn’t love a cold glass of iced tea? Especially one made with fresh mint and lemon juice and just a little sugar? We had a lot of beautiful mint leftover from a recent trip to the farmers market, so I decided to put it to good use! This recipe is so easy to make and yields a delicious, refreshing result. You’ll never go back to instant after trying this tea!
Homemade Iced Tea
Yield: Approximately 2 medium sized pitchers
12 good quality black tea bags
4 tbs of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
20 medium sized fresh mint leaves
6 quarts of boiling water (about 3 kettles full)
Fill the kettle and set to boil. After removing any tags, place the tea bags in an extra large heat resistant mixing bowl. When the water is ready, pour over the tea bags. Crush the mint leaves and add them to the water. If using a kettle, repeat the boiling process until you have added all the water to the bowl. Now add the juice and sugar and stir until dissolved.
Allow the tea to steep for about 30 minutes, or until desired fusion is reached. Pour the tea through a strainer into the pitchers and refrigerate until it has cooled. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lemon.