A friend of mine cursed blessed us with a mint plant when we moved into our house 8 years ago. Naive being that I was, I planted it right into the ground…no pot, no borders, nothing. I thought “oooh…lots of fresh mint”.
Yeah. I have since learned that was a mistake. Mint, or “yardus interruptus” will take over anywhere it can! And, it can be a pain to keep up with. Already this year, I have several gallons of dried and crushed leaves for tea. So, now that one plant has nearly overtaken my entire yard and I have had to come up with new and exciting ways to use it. I’ve made mint extract and drank hot tea by the gallon. And since it is warm right now, I really wanted to find a way to use that mint up in a refreshing iced tea. so, here’s how to make iced tea with mint leaves.
Collect your leaves
Duh, right? I find that by getting them as early in the morning as possible, they seem to have more flavor. I cut the plant about 2 inches from the bottom and then shake gently to remove any residents. Then, I carefully remove the leaves and place in a bowl. Rinse off with cold water and shake to dry.
Bring one gallon of water to a boil
Add 1 cup of sugar and dissolve in the boiling water. Turn off heat. Place 3-4 cups of loosely packed mint leaves in the water and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Pour off the liquid and store in the fridge. Serve over ice, and add a fresh mint leaf for garnish.
P.S. If someone offers you a mint plant, do yourself a favor and put it in a pot. You’ll thank me for it later…
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.