Tea, Beverage

Fresh Mint Tea

I’m so excited about this post! This tea is one of the reasons I named the blog ‘The Mint Thief’. As I always ended up buying bunches & bunches of mint leaves. DSC_2369_Fotor.jpgChai (Indian Tea) has always played a special role at our house while growing up. In India morning’s don’t start without a cup of tea, made with milk ginger, green cardamom and sugar. It is a daily staple. But for me & my husband, we both are not very fond of ‘Chai’. We are what one would call – ‘Social Chai Drinkers’.

We are always in a hunt for good  flavored tea, but never found anything we loved. Until we visited  my husband’s cousin in Chicago. She served us Mint Tea 2-3 times a day in the cutest hand-painted Moroccan glasses. And we instantly fell in love with it. (off course because of Mint). I couldn’t wait to get back home and try it out. This tea is on a whole different level. Forget cocktails, forget coffee, fresh mint tea is my new jam.

DSC_2298_FotorFresh mint leaves from my garden…

Fresh mint tea works wonderfully as a hot or cold infusion. I made it hot here, but you can easily let it cool and keep it in the refrigerator to drink iced tea on a hot day. Pour the tea into a pitcher, and keep it in the refrigerator to drink over ice on a hot day when you want something refreshing to drink. DSC_2343_Fotor I can’t get enough of this tea. It’s minty, soothing, refreshing, and oh so sweet. Simply put, it just makes me happy.

Here’s how you can make it too:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tea bag or green tea
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar or honey
  • large handful of mint
  • 3 cups of boiling water

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Method:

  • In a medium pot, heat 3 cups of water to a rolling boil on the stove.

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  • Add  mint leaves, tea bag, sugar & boiling water in a teapot.

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  • Swish around the teapot in a circular motion for 5 seconds.
  • Let the tea bag seep for 1 minute & Discard the tea bag.
  • Seep the tea for 2-3 minutes more.
  • Pour the tea from high above each glass to create a froth.
  • Garnish with a couple of mint leaves (optional) and serve.

For Iced Mint Tea: 

  • In a medium pot, heat 3 cups of water to a rolling boil on the stove.
  • Add mint leaves, tea bag, sugar or honey in a teapot.
  • Let the tea bag seep for 1 minute & Discard the tea bag.
  • Seep the tea for 8-10 minutes more.
  • Remove the mint leaves pressing on the leaves to extract as much liquid as possible.
  • Pour into a glass & chill for 2 hours.
  • Serve with ice.

 

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Turkish Mint Tea

It’s minty, refreshing, cleansing, and oh so sweet. Simply put, it just makes me happy.


Yields: 3-4   Difficulty: Easy


Ingredients:

  • 1 tea bag
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey
  • large handful of mint
  • 3 cups of boiling water

Method:

  • In a medium pot, heat 3 cups of water to a rolling boil on the stove.
  • Add  mint leaves, tea bag, sugar & boiling water in a teapot.
  • Swish around the teapot in a circular motion for 5 seconds.
  • Let the tea bag seep for 1 minute & Discard the tea bag.
  • Seep the tea for 2-3 minutes more
  • Pour the tea from high above each glass to create a froth.
  • Garnish with a couple of mint leaves (optional) and serve.

For Iced Mint Tea: 

  • In a medium pot, heat 3 cups of water to a rolling boil on the stove.
  • Add mint leaves, tea bag, sugar or honey in a teapot.
  • Let the tea bag seep for 1 minute & Discard the tea bag.
  • Seep the tea for 8-10 minutes more.
  • Remove the mint leaves pressing on the leaves to extract as much liquid as possible.
  • Pour into a glass & chill for 2 hours.
  • Serve with ice.

What’s your favorite way of enjoying tea? Please share in the comments!

 

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