SUMMER IS HERE! And it finally feels like summer. IT IS HOT. I prefer the lower 80’s partly cloudy weather. But it’s been high 80’s/mid 90’s sunny, humid – the kind of weather where you really don’t want to wear pants. And since it is socially unacceptable to not wear pants or some kind of cover-up, I have to find other ways to cool off.
I’ve been experimenting with many flavors of homemade iced tea recently, and this one is my favorite so far. It is super refreshing thanks to the mint, but not in overpowering way that makes you feel like you just drank toothpaste. I actually hate minty desserts, but this iced tea is perfect for me since it has just a light touch of mint.
You can use any kind of green tea that you like for this – my favorites have been jasmine or lemon-flavored green tea, since that adds another layer of flavors to this awesome summer drink.
Minty Green Iced Tea
Makes: 6 cups. Total time: 7 minutes.
- 4 green teabags
- 1/4 cup tightly packed mint leaves
- 1/4 cup agave syrup (honey or sugar can be used too)
- 2 cups boiled hot water
- 3 cups ice cubes
- 2 cups cold water (or seltzer, if you want a hint of fizz)
- Steep the teabags and the mint leaves in 2 cups of hot water for 5 minutes. Strain into a heat-proof container, add the agave syrup, and mix to dissolve. Add the ice cubes and cold water, and mix well.
- Serve chilled or over ice, and say ”ahhhhh..” 🙂