Easy Mint Tea
One portion of our garden is dedicated to mint (which appeared this spring without even needing to be replanted!) and while it grows and spreads quickly, there is only so many mojitos and smoothies one person can make.
I was recently intrigued when a client offered me iced tea with the mint from their garden, so I asked them how they made it. I was SHOCKED to learn that it was JUST MINT. I assumed it has been mixed with some blend of tea, but it was truly just mint. I couldn’t wait to try it on my own. And was amazed at how simple it was. (And I didn’t think tea could get more local than this!)
How to Make Local Mint Tea
The first step, which is the most important and time-consuming, is drying the mint. Pull it out from the base and make sure to hang it or dry it on a screen to expedite the process. During the hot summer time, this should only take a day or two. Next, remove the dried leaves from the stem and throw a “handful” (1-2 loose cups to taste) into a 2 quart pot of water and boil. Once boiling, turn off and let the tea sit, or steep, for approximately 15 minutes (but again, you can alter this to taste). Then pour through a strainer to remove all the leaves.* Serve hot, or cool and refriderate for refreshing iced tea.
* If you have a strainer or colander that fits in the bowl toss the leaves in there and bring to a boil follow the steps above and pull the colander out after the steeping has finished for an extra easy cleanup.