Amp up your usual iced tea by adding some mint leaves to it.
We Indians love a good cup of tea. This is a staple drink that is used in every Indian home to start the day and occasionally to wind it down. Our nation offers a wide variety of chai alternatives, and each region has its own regional specialities. While we always appreciate a good, hot cup of tea, giving it a little makeover can add some new flavours. For instance, mint iced tea is the ideal summertime appealing beverage. Its delicious flavour will undoubtedly make you feel more energised. Tea has a strange ability to instantaneously improve our mood thanks to its energy-boosting qualities. And combining it further with some mint leaves will enhance its cooling and tantalising properties of it within no time. Nothing is more revitalising than a large glass of iced tea that has been flavour-infused with fresh mint. Adding mint to the iced tea not only enhances its flavours but provides several benefits too! Mint aids digestion, boosts immunity, treats stomach issues and keeps the body cool.
Here's how you can make mint iced tea at home-
1. 1 cup mint leaves
2. 8 cups of cold water
3. 8 tea bags (green or black)
4. 1/4 cup or 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
5. 1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnish
6. Ice cubes
7. Honey/ sugar
1. Boil the mint leaves in water. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Blend the 1 cup of mint leaves with the mint syrup that has been strained into the blender.
2. Bring the cold water to a boil in a big pot. Add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Take out the tea bags, then allow them to cool to room temperature. Place in a bowl and chill in the refrigerator.
3. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add the lemon juice, stir in 3/4 cup of the mint syrup, or more to taste, and then store the remaining syrup in the refrigerator for later use. Add some honey to it or sugar to taste. Serve with a lemon slice and a mint sprig as a garnish in 8 tall glasses over ice.