When life gives you lemons…
We have a little mint and herb garden in our back yard. Sometimes walking past the area I’m greeted with a waft of minty smell in the air. Mint has a gorgeous and distinctive scent that connects your brain with a sense of freshness and wellness. Recently, I discovered the use of fresh sprigs of mint to make refreshing iced tea. Having lived in England for well over twenty years, I have acquired a love for English tea that is drunk hot with some milk. And because the weather is generally cold in England, everybody loves a cup of hot tea and thus I became a devoted tea drinker. Now all that’s changed because I’ve moved to America. You won’t find the usual PG Tips, Twinnings, Earl Greys, Yorkshire & Typhoo teas stacked up on the supermarket shelves waiting for you. So whenever our friends come over to visit from England they know by hook or by crook they have to smuggle a good amount of teabags over. I have about 4,000 tea bags in my pantry at the moment. The summer can be so scorching and humid too that drinking hot tea would be like adding coal to the fire. I have developed a small liking for ice tea, and it’s worth taking the time to make it from fresh ingredients than getting the powered form with artificial flavourings.
1 tea bag
2 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup boiling water
1. Put 1 tea bag and 2 springs of mint leaves in to a mug
2. Pour hot water into the mug
3. Allow tea bag and leaves to sit for a minute and discard
4. Dissolve 2 teaspoonful of sugar into the mug
5. Squeeze some lemon juice and add ice cubes
6. Serve with a slice of lemon for decoration and ice!