This iced tea was brewed from a batch of errant stalks of spearmint out in the garden.
I love that the mint is everywhere in my garden (gives it a bit of a wild look,) but at the same time it makes me crazy that it is everywhere in my garden! It is a vigorous, rapidly-spreading little plant. It is also a beautiful, tall, fuzzy-leaved and purple-flowered!
From my fist full of tall stalks, the sweet refreshing scent of spearmint inspired me to throw some leaves into a batch of fresh-brewed iced tea. On this prickly, sticky hot day this cold beverage has been most refreshing!
Spearmint Iced Tea
- 8 tea bags, black tea
- 8-10 leaves (about 1/4-cup) fresh spearmint, washed, plus extra leaves for garnish
- Remove the paper labels from the tea bags. Place them in a large heatproof bowl or 2-quart Pyrex measuring cup along with the spearmint leaves.
- Heat 8 cups of fresh, cold water to boiling. Pour the boiling water into the bowl over the tea and spearmint. Use a wooden spoon to gently stir and combine the contents.
- Allow the mixture to sit and steep for 10 minutes. (You can give it longer if you like your tea flavor really strong.)
- Use a slotted spoon to remove and discard the tea bags and leaves. When cool enough, Transfer the tea to a pitcher and place the pitcher into the fridge to chill.
- Serve very cold in a tall glass, over ice and with a leaf of spearmint as a garnish.