>> Wednesday, July 8, 2009
On a hot summer day few things are as refreshing as a cold iced tea. My favorite "iced tea" to make includes fresh lemon, fresh mint leaves, honey and black tea ~ Honey Lemon Mint Tea. It's cold, thirst quenching, all natural, fresh and nutritious. We've all heard the long list of health benefits of drinking tea, and we of course need water to survive. Lemon are loaded with vitamin c which is vital for your immune system. Peppermint is an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C and vitamin A. Honey since ancient times has been used in medicine and in food. Both lemons and honey are used extensively in cosmetics for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, they don't just smell nice. Well the benefits of these 4 ingredients goes on and on.
4 black tea bags
2 liters of water (8 cups)
juice of 2 fresh lemon juice
1 lemon sliced
1 handful fresh mint leaves , extra for garnish
honey to taste
1. bring the water to a boil , then add the tea bags and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn heat off and let it rest for 20 minutes or until the water is lukewarm.
2. Prepare your pitcher add ice some ice cubes. Add the lemon juice and some honey to the tea, mix well and for about 5 minutes to get the honey to melt. Remove the tea bags, and pour tea into pitcher. You can either put the pitcher in the refrigerator or get ready to serve. Right before you serve add lemon slices and the mint, let it sit for a couple of minutes.
3. When you serve pour the tea over ice cubes if you want, with a slice of lemon and some mint leaves.
I make sure that my tea is cold enough so that I don't have to add extra ice cubes when I serve my glass, that's why you don't see ice in the photo. Also I am not giving you an actual measurement for honey, because I use very little if any sweetener in my drinks.