Thursday, August 26, 2010

Peppermint Iced Tea

All summer it’s been gray and yucky here in SoCal – what we call “June gloom”. Basically the marine layer of fog and clouds sits around until after noon, then it burns off. Needless to say there have not been many pleasant beach-going days this summer, and aforementioned gloom lasted until August. Weather fail.

Fortunately, last week and this week have been beautiful. The sunshine and heat call for something cool to drink. I wanted something refreshing and non-caffeinated after dinner the other night as a little treat.

For 1 serving: Place 2 peppermint tea bags in a mug. 2 is key so the tea will stand up to the ice later. Boil your water and add it to the tea bags. Steep for 4 minutes, then throw the tea bags away. Pour your tea over a glass of ice, and add sweetener if desired. Enjoy!

Or, for an entire pitcher: Fill your large pitcher (mine holds 3 pints of liquid) up with water, and add to your teapot. Boil your water and pour it back into your pitcher. Add 6 tea bags and steep for 4 minutes - no longer! Throw away your tea bags. Allow tea to cool to room temperature, then place it in the fridge to cool completely. Serve chilled over ice, and add sweetener if you like. A few sprigs of fresh mint would be delightful hanging out in your pitcher too :)

Delicious and summery!

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