Refreshing, thirst-quenching and tasty!
Summer days in the South can be hot and humid. In our family we’ve always enjoyed a glass of Sweet or Iced Tea in the shade, surrounded by family and friends.
Drinking tea in the South is not just about quenching thirst. Southern Tea is a way to interact. It often is one of the first things you hear when you enter a house. Right after “Hello!” you hear “Would you like some tea?” or simply “Iced tea?”
After my husband’s diagnosis of Diabetes2 he could no longer drink sweet tea. I tried to find a way to create southern sweet tea without regular sugar. I tried it sugarless and I tried various sugar substitutes. I tried different brands, types and various strengths of tea. I experimented by varying the amount of sugar and I tried to add lemon juice, but tea just wasn’t the same.
Perhaps it was a longing for normalcy, a wish for the sweet taste of summers past. Whatever the reason, we all know change is difficult.
How do you change your way of life at a moment’s notice?
Trying to bring as much normalcy back into our life as possible, I was on a mission to find ways for Bob to still enjoy iced tea. I went on a hunt to find a cool, refreshing drink for hot summer days, an alternative to our beloved Southern Sweet Tea. The goal was to find a drink that could be healthy, refreshing, and delicious with little or no added sugar.
After failed tries with our usual Orange Pekoe Tea and various sweeteners, I tried an old favorite from my childhood: Mint Tea. At home we used to drink it hot on cold winter days and when we were sick.
When I did a little research I found that the scented leaves of mint are not just tasty, but they are beneficial too. Mint has nutritional as well as medicinal properties. It has antioxidants and it helps with various ailments like the common cold, allergies, indigestion, IBS and more. You can read the full list of beneficial properties of mint at MedicalNewsToday.
I wondered what my family would think of mint tea. What if I chilled it? I decided to give it a try.
I am happy to report that the tea is a hit! Everyone loves it. It is now our favorite anytime drink. The fresh, light spearmint flavor of Chilled Mint Tea is perfect – especially on hot days. And even better: You can add sugar if you like, but it needs no sugar to be tasty.
The tea is easy to make.
Chilled Mint Tea
Large pot, (3-4 quarts) of water
10 bags Mint Tea
Just Like Sugar Table Top Natural Sweetener or your choice of sugar (optional)
Fill a large pot with water, bring to a boil and turn burner off. Drop in 10 mint tea bags and let them steep 10 minutes (or longer if you like it strong).
Add sugar if you like.
Let cool, then chill in fridge.
Serve over ice cubes, add a sprig of mint if you like.
When I have dried mint from our garden on hand I use it. We go through a lot of mint tea though and I had to look into buying some to supplement my stock.
When I was out shopping I found Mint Teabags at our grocery store. I also found them at at Amazon. I now buy mint tea at Amazon because it is better priced.
Amazon sells Bigelow Mint Tea as a pack of 6. That is $2.48 a pack, less than our grocery store. Bigelow Plantation Mint Black Tea Bags, 20-Count Boxes (Pack of 6), Mint Flavored Black Tea
For an organic version: