Summer Fresh Mint Tea

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My son and his friend Ellie were playing in our backyard. They began to pick handfuls of mint leaves from our garden. The day was hot and the idea for iced tea made from their forage was easy to come by and well received by all. Finn and Ellie finished harvesting, we retreated indoors, concocted our brew, and gathered on the floor for our impromptu iced tea party.

This tea is extremely easy to make and is a sweet, cool, and fresh accompaniment to a warm day. I find that the flavor of the mint is best when steep in water which has been removed from the heat just before it starts to simmer. I originally used about half as much honey and found it to be minty fresh and lightly sweet. However, I was informed quite strongly by the littles that it was not sweet enough for their pallets. Apparently I had been stingy. Not to worry, the honey fairy came and made all well. The recipe below reflects her more generous helping.

The time it takes to steep is just right for wrapping up play or reading a story. While doubling the recipe and also making ice cubes from the tea would be a lovely addition next time, we were eager to drink our brew and so we simply poured the hot tea over some ice.

 
Summer Iced Tea Party - Grounded Magazine

 

Summer Iced Tea Party - Grounded Magazine

 

Summer Iced Tea Party - Grounded Magazine

 

Summer Iced Tea Party - Grounded Magazine

Recipe:

  • 1 Cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • ΒΌ Cup Honey
  • 6 Cups Hot Water

Instructions:

  • Put the honey and then the leaves in a heatproof container and then cover with hot water.
  • Stir briefly as the honey dissolves.
  • Let steep for 10 minutes. Strain. Serve poured over a large ice cube.

Summer Iced Tea Party - Grounded Magazine