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Iced Tea Month

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TeaGrab a rocking chair and a good book! June is national iced tea month and we have plenty of recipes that will have you listening to crickets and catching fireflies in no time.

Homemade garden mint tea (Meadow tea)

This one is fairly simple and can be done in two ways. You can use any mint you like. I prefer chocolate mint but peppermint or spearmint taste amazing as well. As a sun tea it will be mellow and delicious or as a hot brewed tea, which will be stronger, and tastes wonderful mixed with lemonade.

You will need:

4 C fresh mint from your garden

1 gallon of water

1/4 C sweetener (local honey is my personal favorite)

Plenty of ice

For sun tea:

Place fresh mint and gallon of water in a large, sealable glass jar. Place in front of a sunny window or outside in direct sunlight. Let the tea sit for the entire day until late afternoon (four or five p.m.). Strain and place in a pitcher or into the original jar. Mix in sweetener and ice. Add more if desired. Enjoy!

For hot brewed tea

Place gallon of water in large pot and put on the stovetop. Bring to a boil and add leaves. Allow water to simmer for ten to 15 minutes. Strain mint and add sweetener and mix until completely dissolved. Allow water to cool for one hour or more and then place in refrigerator when it is at room temperature. Serve with ice. Enjoy!

Iced Green Tea

Iced green tea is delicious but can be difficult to make without having the astringent after taste. Here is how you can make tasty iced green tea in just a few minutes. You can use this same method with other delicate teas such as white or jasmine.

You will need:

2 cups dried green tea

1 gallon of water

¼ sweetener

Plenty of ice

Bring the gallon water to a boil on stovetop and then add green tea leaves. Allow simmering for four minutes and then immediately straining into a glass jar. Allow jar to cool to room temperature. Serve with sweetener and plenty of ice.

Ginger and Hibiscus Tea

This one is my favorites after a long, hot day in the garden. The ingredients are simple, delicious and have a tart kick. They also have plenty of vitamin C and trace minerals. You can drink this is the morning or afternoon.

You will need:

1 T fresh ginger (peeled and cut)

1 C hibiscus flowers (in pieces or whole)

1 gallon of water

¼ sweetener

Patience

This tea takes a little longer to make because you have to wait for the ginger to fully brew before adding the hibiscus. First add ginger to boiling pot and allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add sweetener and stir occasionally. Once you can taste the ginger in the water turn off the stovetop and add hibiscus. Allow the tea to brew for another ten to 15 minutes. Strain and place in a large glass jar and wait until it is room temperature. Serve with ice and an orange wedge.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com