Fruited Mint Iced Tea
I can’t tell you how many times I have flipped RIGHT past Granny’s Fruited Mint Iced Tea recipe. Iced Tea was always a staple in our fridge growing up, a product of our southern matriarch. Every night our options were water, iced tea or milk. So iced tea has always been as run of the mill as H2O. But as the temperature rises here in SC and we are getting lots of peaches in our CSA Farm Share, I’ve been trying to get creative with summer peach recipes. I’ve had a good run with just chopping up peaches and essentially force feeding my children, but I decided to give Granny’s recipe box a flip through for some peachy inspiration.
Enter the Fruited Mint Iced Tea recipe. Peaches and mint? I had to give it a shot. I recently stumbled upon an interesting blog called A Hundred Years Ago that features super old recipes (remind you of anyone?) and I found this mint syrup. Granny’s recipe doesn’t call for a syrup, but she used the same ingredients, so I whipped some up.
The recipe also calls for lemons and oranges (which I plan to use in the fall), but now that it’s peach season I decided to sub in the peaches for oranges. I also added blueberries because the blueberries are insane here right now. You can pretty much toss any fruit into this and it will be a winner.
Long story not very short, Fruited Mint Iced Tea is everything. It was SO refreshing and delicious. I am mad at myself for passing on it so many times before, thinking it was no more exciting than water or a glass of milk. I’m also on a bit of a sparkling rosé kick right now, so I made a version of the tea that I topped off with a (decent sized) splash of rosé; You could just about knock me over with a feather because I could not believe just how amazing this drink is! Think of it as iced tea meets sangria meets a mojito. Sounds amazing, right? Go ahead and make some Fruited Mint Iced Tea – don’t pass it up like I foolishly did.
Fruited Mint Iced Tea is the most refreshing summer drink. For a kick, top it off with some sparkling rosé! It is the perfect beverage on a hot Summer day!
- 2-3 green tea bags
- 2 T sugar
- 3 lemons, sliced
- 2 peaches, sliced
- 1/4 c blueberries
- sprigs of mint for garnish
- sparkling rosé (optional)
- 1 c sugar
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 c mint leaves
Boil 2 qt or water. Into a teapot, put tea bags and 2 T of sugar and pour the boiling water over. Steep the tea for at least 5 minutes (I steeped about 10 minutes). Cool and place in refrigerator.
Once the tea has cooled, add lemon and peach slices.
Meanwhile, combine sugar, water and mint leaves in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat then lower heat and simmer 15-20 minutes. Strain into a bowl and cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
To Serve: Add ice to a glass and pour tea until half full. Add any fruit and a splash of the mint syrup (a little goes a long way!!). Add mint leaves and top off with the sparkling rosé if desired.