Refreshing iced tea made with green tea, sweetened with honey and flavored with fresh mint and a touch of vanilla extract.
How do you take your tea?
Mint for me! Just a touch of sweetness and lots of mint. I love mint.
You might think it’s strange, but I like to eat fresh mint leaves as much as I like adding it to drinks. People already think that I’m strange for eating fresh herb leaves like parsley, cilantro and dill weed. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends say, “You know that is just garnish, right?!” Well of course I know! I just really like it. Growing up, my mom and my grandmother always had little mint planted in flower pots on the window sill of the kitchen. I’d sneak a leaf every time I walked by it and always, always had fresh mint in my hot tea.
I’d pinch off some fresh herbs from the home-garden on the balconies too. (But not for the tea, of course.) That could explain why I love cooking with fresh herbs so much.
Speaking of tea, the weather is starting to get warmer and by the end of the month, we should in spring season. Or is it just me? I guess I should clarify that by “we,” I mean Florida. It’s been in the 80s already this week. March in Florida is what I call “bipolar weather” because weather dramatically changes from hot to cold every two to three days. Nevertheless, we are starting to get temperatures in the 80s already. Instead of hot tea, it’s time to start making iced tea.
Green tea iced tea is my favorite. In a hot version, I prefer black teas but when it comes to iced, I really like green. It’s so refreshing and mild. It can also be manipulated a little easier with adding different flavors because of its delicate taste.
Ever since the taste testing experience, while visiting Bigelow headquarters, Bigelow has been my preferred brand of tea. I love the taste of their green tea over any other brand. That could be because Bigelow makes their tea especially for an American taste pallet to compliment the taste that people are used to.
This iced tea would be the perfect refresher as the weather begins to warm up. Not only does the green tea have many health benefits, it also makes the best to relax with. Mint is known for it’s calming effect and is perfectly relaxing combined with green tea. Use pure (local if you have access) honey for that touch of sweetness.
As a special touch when entertaining, freeze some mint leaves in ice cubes for a beautiful look.
- 8 cups hot, boiling water
- ¼ cup pure honey
- 3-4 stems fresh mint
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 bags Bigelow green tea
- Bring water to a boil and take off heat.
- Add tea bags to it and steep for 10-13 minutes. (Longer than usual steep time is recommended here because tea will be used as iced tea.)
- Take out tea bags and stir in mint, honey and vanilla extract.
- Using a wooden spoon, press some of the mint leaves to help infuse tea with mint flavor.
- Let it cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until ready to serve.
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