The following article is a guest post by a friend of mine, Kathie N. Lapcevic. Welcome Kathie! Kathie is a freelance writer, teacher, and blogger living in northwest Montana with her soulmate Jeff. She lives a fiercely D.I.Y. lifestyle in harmony with the natural rhythms of nature. You can follow her blog at Homespun Seasonal Living. -Leona from My Healthy Green Family.
There’s no such thing as a small mint patch as it tends to be downright invasive. Instead of cursing it for taking over every inch of the herb bed, harvest it often during the hot months of summer for refreshing iced tea. Mint tea is delicious all by itself but it also makes for some incredibly tasty combinations. Here are 5 different ways to make tasty tea from all that mint.
Start with Basic Mint Tea
Because this gets poured over ice, start with a double strength iced tea to prevent the flavor from being diluted as the ice melts. In a heatproof cup, place 2 Tablespoons of fresh mint (2 teaspoons dried). Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and steep 10 minutes. Strain and cool mint tea to room temperature. Use this mint tea as a base in the following combinations, each of the following makes 1 large or 2 medium servings. Simply double or triple the amounts for larger quantities. Keep any extra in the refrigerator.
Combine 1 Cup Mint Tea with 1 Cup Apple Juice, mix well. Pour over ice and serve cold. Add a shot of apple brandy to each glass for an adult treat.
In a heatproof cup, add 2 teaspoons dried hibiscus flowers (4 teaspoons fresh). Pour over 1 cup boiling water and steep 10 minutes. Strain and cool to room temperature. Combine the hibiscus tea with the mint tea. Serve over ice.
In a heatproof cup, add 2 Tablespoons fresh (2 teaspoons dried) lavender blossoms. Pour over 1 cup boiling water and steep 10 minutes. Strain and cool to room temperature. Combine the lavender and mint teas. Pour combined teas over all and mix well. Serve cold. Add a shot of gin to each glass for the adults.
In a heatproof cup, add 2 Tablespoons fresh (2 teaspoons dried) raspberry leaves. Pour over 1 cup boiling water and steep 10 minutes. Strain and cool to room temperature. Combine the raspberry leaf and mint teas. In the bottom of a glass, crush 3 fresh, ripe raspberries add ice. Pour combined teas over all and mix well. Serve cold.
For the Sweet Tea Fans
Sweeten the mint tea when it is still hot. Simply add a teaspoon (more or less to taste) of sugar, honey, or other sweetener right after adding the boiling water and allow to steep as usual. Mixing the sweetener in while the liquid is hot ensures that it melts into the entirety of the tea. If you happen to have any mint infused honey, this is a great place to use it.
Creating herbal teas from the things that are growing in our yards or available to us locally is just one of many ways to build a courageous home and live fiercely D.I.Y. Creating herbal tea blends is just one of the weekly projects in this summer’s Fiercely D.I.Y. e-course being offered by Homespun Seasonal Living. The E-course is designed to inspire and encourage you to live a life by your own hands, on your own terms, and in your own pace. You can learn more, download a sampler, and register for the course over at Homespun Seasonal Living.