Citrus Mint Iced Tea

This is perhaps the perfect summer drink. Sweet tea with citrus and a hint of mint. Delisciousness in a cup.

Some people don’t like a super sweet iced tea but I do and while this tea doesn’t taste candy-coated, you could certainly reduce the sugar by a quarter cup if you aren’t a fan of sweet, sweet tea. Similarly, though I’ve been making this tea with Orange Pekoe, I think it would be rather tasty with Earl Grey, English Breakfast or really any black tea with a hint of citrus — be courageous my lovely readers, experiment!

I started making this tea a few months ago but drinking it inside while watching it snow just didn’t feel right. I made it for Collin Murray last week and we drank it on the deck while enjoying a nice, sunshiney day and it was the tea was the perfect thirst quencher. I love this recipe.

Citrus Mint Iced Tea (barely adapted from The Southern Junior League Cookbook - 

Makes 10 servings

6 cups water

3 orange pekoe tea bags

¼ cup mint leaves

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

Juice of 3 lemons

Juice of 3 oranges

In a large saucepan, combine water, tea bags, mint leaves and sugar. Bring to a boil for one minute, remove from the heat and allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture into a large pitcher. Add lemon and orange juices and allow the tea to cool before drinking.

Serve over ice. Enjoy.

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