Thursday, May 17, 2012
Orange Mint Tea
This easy orange mint tea recipe actually contains no tea. The mint is steeped, as tea leaves would be, to make a refreshing, cool drink. It can be made with honey instead of sugar and is best served cold. Take advantage of fresh spring mint!
3 cups water
6 sprigs well-rinsed fresh mint (each about 6 inches)
1/3 cup sugar or to taste OR 1/4 cup honey
2 cups fresh orange juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Fresh mint for garnish
Slice of orange or lemon for garnish
In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add mint, cover, remove from heat and steep 15 minutes or longer. Remove mint. Add and stir until dissolved 1/3 cup sugar (or honey). This concentrate may be cooled and frozen if you like.
Combine orange and lemon juices in a 2-quart pitcher. Add mint concentrate and enough water and ice to fill the pitcher to the top. Chill completely and serve with garnishes.
(a little vodka wouldn't hurt either)