Sweet Mint Iced Tea
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Serves: Pitcher of cool iced tea
Refreshing Mint Sweet Iced Tea! SImple & satisfying on a hot day!
What to get:
  • Fresh peppermint sprigs (several)
  • Black tea bags (I use large family size Lipton brand, for ice tea in pitchers)
  • 4 Cups water (for boiling)
  • 2 cups water for making simple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup ice (to add into pitcher)
What to do:
  1. On stove in pot, bring 4 cups water to boil, add tea bag (if large) or more if smaller according to package directions, and remove form heat. Let steep about 5 minutes. (I let mine go longer and usually use an extra large tea bag). Let cool completely.
  2. In another small pot, slowly heat ~2.5 cups water and when hot, add and dissolve in the sugar and several mint leaves from a sprig. Let steep until cooled completely & sugar is dissolved (most Southern sweet tea calls for more sugar, feel free to add more to your preference).
  3. In large pitcher combine the 4 cups steeped tea, 2 cups of the sweet mint mix and 1 cup ice cubes. Stir and add a clean mint sprig into pitcher.
  4. Let chill in fridge for an hour or so, and serve over ice with mint garnish!
Add more mint or sugar as desired, to taste. Typical Sweet tea will have more sugar and less water, making a more traditional 'simple syrup" I like mine less sweet when using the mint, as it gives extra flavor. If you want more sweetness, you can also add honey into individual glasses when serving.
Serving size: are you thirsty?
Recipe by the dinnervine at http://www.dinnervine.com/2012/04/mint-benefits-and-iced-tea/