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Monday, July 8, 2013

Meadow Tea

Before I get started, I can't take full credit for this recipe. Lindsay or LaFemme5278 on YouTube posted an Instagram picture of "meadow tea." I thought to myself, "what the heck is that?" I scrolled down to the comments, and saw that it was just a simple mix of water, mint leaves, and sugar. Check, check, and check, I had all of the ingredients.

My aunt had given us a mint plant several years ago. As mint does, it grew, and grew, and grew. I also picked up a chocolate mint plant, and a lemon balm plant at a local Amish house. All three plants are thriving, and I love adding mint to iced tea. Ah yes, the meadow tea recipe!

The Recipe:

10 cups water
Mint leaves (I can't say how many because I just grabbed enough to fill up a small colander)
Sugar to taste

Boil the water. Once it has reached a boil add the mint leaves and turn it off. (Enjoy the smell, because your kitchen will smell AMAZING!) Let it steep for at least 30 minutes, if not longer. I like a strong mint flavor, so I let mine steep a little while longer. Strain out the mint leaves. (I also ran my tea through a coffee filter just to get out the tiny bits and pieces of debris.) Add sugar to taste. Enjoy!

Tips~

I used a combination of chocolate mint, and spearmint. I also added leaves of lemon balm to broaden the flavor. The more variety of mint you use, the better!

Create a spa night you make this because like I said earlier, the smell is absolutely heavenly! Put a masque on your face, and sit back and relax while you smell the minty deliciousness!

It turns out after researching meadow tea that this drink is famous around the Amish. Those Amish sure know how to eat and drink!

Have you ever had meadow tea before? Did you make this recipe? Please leave me a comment if you did, I'd love to hear from you!
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