Friday, June 09, 2017

Make Your Own Mint Tea Blends



What do you like the taste of better—peppermint or spearmint? When I was a kid I far preferred spearmint—spearmint gum, spearmint candies, spearmint toothpaste, all gentle, mild and yummy! Peppermint, though, definitely grew on me over the years. Peppermint patties, my favorite Steve’s Ice Cream flavor (way back when Steve Harrell made it himself in his original ice cream store in Somerville, MA), and anything with that distinctive almost icy cold / icy hot effect. (Exactly why I did not like it when I was a kid!)

Now I can’t usually make up my mind, and what do Libras do when they can’t make a decision? Don’t choose—l blend them together and enjoy the qualities of both!

Want to make your own mint tea blends? Here are a couple of recipes to get you started. I put the ingredients in a tea strainer in my teapot, pour boiling water from a tea kettle over the top and steep about 5 minutes.

Lavender-Mint

Sooooo relaxing! Breathe in deep as you drink it to enhance the soothing effects!

1/4 cup dried peppermint or spearmint (or both)
1-1 1/2 tablespoons dried lavender
Add a pinch of stevia or a touch of honey while still hot to taste (if desired).

Keep a container of this in the frig and serve hot or over ice (it’s an excellent summer iced drink).

Lovely Lemon Mint

My favorite combination! I particularly like to add the Lavender Mint tea above to lemonade and drink it iced. Delicious! But when I want something hot to drink I make this tea:

Equal parts (or any combo you prefer):

Lemongrass

(Use 1/2 teaspoon each for a large mug, 2 tablespoons each or more for a teapot)

I like my tea lemony—I even add a squeeze of fresh lemon to my cup. If you prefer a minty beverage with more of a touch of lemon, use half the amount of lemon balm and lemongrass.

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