Strawberry Mint Iced Tea

Strawberry-Mint Iced Tea is refreshing and the perfect summer cooler. If you have mint growing in your garden, then you have a lot of mint! Such a beautiful and fragrant plant. I can still remember it in my grandmother’s garden when I was growing up.  And big juicy, ripe strawberries go so perfectly with mint that I can’t believe I never thought of this combination before.

This recipe is sweet enough on its own, but you can customize the sweetness to your preference. And it’s caffeine free!

Strawberry-Mint Iced Tea
 
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Strawberries add just the right amount of sweetness and the mint brings up the freshness in this easy and beautiful beverage of summer.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced - divided (1½ cup and ½ cup)
  • 20 fresh mint leaves, more or less to liking plus more for garnish
  • 4 Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea bags
  • Honey, agave or honey to your taste and liking - optional
Instructions
  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Add 1½ cup of the strawberries and mint. Simmer about 5 minutes until water turns light red.
  2. Add tea bags and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat and let tea bag steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Pour tea through a sieve into a large bowl. Discard strawberries, mint leaves and tea bags.
  5. Let come to room temperature then refrigerate until serving.
  6. Sweeten to individual taste, if desired.
  7. Garnish with remaining strawberries and additional mint leaves.

Recipe adapted from O, The Oprah Magazine Cookbook.

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