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. It’s healthy, a great thirst quencher, and the mint gives it a burst of freshness.
5 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
15 minTotal Time
- 3-4 bags of your favorite green tea
- 1 cup mint leaves, slightly bruised and torn if they're big leaves
- 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.