When you’re thirsty and want something cold to drink to appease your thirst what do you choose? After working outside in the hot sun one of my favorite beverages is a tall, cold glass of iced green tea with mint. It’s healthy, a great thirst quencher, and the mint gives it a burst of freshness that leaves me feeling cool and refreshed.
Green tea is thought to have health benefits due to the high level of antioxidants – specifically catechins. It’s good for the heart, helping to prevent a variety of heart problems from high blood pressure to elevated cholesterol levels. Green tea also has anti-inflammatory benefits and is a much healthier choice than sugar-laden drinks like soda and juice cocktails.
So grab a few green tea bags and handful of fresh mint. Make it today. Let it chill and serve it over ice. Then let the refreshment begin!
Iced Green Tea with Mint
- 3-4 bags your favorite green tea
- 1 cup fresh mint slightly bruised and torn
- 6 c. hot water
- 2 c. tap water
- Place mint in a jelly bag (used for straining jelly) or wrap in cheesecloth and tie with a string.
- Place prepared mint and green tea bags in a 2 quart pitcher.
- Add water to your tea pot or sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
- Pour 2 c. of tap water over the mint and tea bags.
- Add the remaining 6 c. of hot water to the pitcher to make 2 quarts.
- Steep at least 10 minutes, more if you like your tea a little stronger. Remove the tea bags and mint and discard them.
- Let chill overnight or until cold. Serve over ice.