Friday, July 8, 2011

Mint Tea Punch

Mint? Lemon? Orange?  Refreshing overload?

The Good:  Mint Tea Punch is absolutely refreshing. Great on a hot summer day!
The Bad:  Good things come to those who WAIT! Unfortunately the tea blends together better by the 2nd day.  Hang in there it will be okay!
The Ugly: My mint plant looked beautiful before I took 12 sprigs off of it... now it looks kind of small.

Suggestions before starting:
If you would like a less sugary version feel free to use Stevia or honey instead of sugar and adjust the measurements to your liking.
For a more natural lemon flavor you can use lemon balm leaves. (Lemon balm has tons of health benefits: decreases depression, anxiety, indigestion...)
I started my mint and tea bags in a bowl to make it easier for mixing and for fetching out the tea bags.  Once we were ready to add the cool ingredients I switched to the pitcher.  As long as the bowl is easy to pour it works great!
The recipe does not specify what type of tea bags to use so we used some cheap black tea bags that we bought in bulk! (Thank you Neko Knit for pointing this detail out!)

Now for the Recipe:
Mint Tea Punch from All Recipes!

Sprig of Mint

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 12 sprigs fresh mint
  • 4 tea bags
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 3 orange slices for garnish (optional
  • 3 lemon slices for garnish (optional)
  1. Place the tea bags and mint sprigs into a large pitcher. Pour boiling water over them, and allow to steep for about 8 minutes.
  2. Remove and discard the tea bags and mint leaves, squeezing out excess liquid.
  3. Stir in sugar until dissolved
  4. Then stir in the orange juice and lemon juice.
  5. Pour in the cold water.
  6. Serve over ice cubes, garnished with orange or lemon slices.

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