Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Iced Mint Sweet Tea

I got this tea recipe from my friend Jill, who got the recipe from our friend Ashley, who got the recipe from Mrs. SoandSo, who I'm sure got the recipe from an older Mrs. SoandSo.  It's all of our favorite summer drink! 

This iced tea is so refreshing, and zero calories and zero caffeine to boot! If you have some fresh mint, it's even better.  And I've heard tell of people adding a little vodka to turn it into a cocktail, too....

Iced Mint Sweet Tea

3 decaf family size tea bags (I like Luzianne, but it's a Southern brand you might not be able to find. Lipton is good, too.)
2 spearmint regular size tea bags (Bigelow Plantation Mint)
1/2 cup-2 cups Splenda, to taste.  The more Southern you are, the sweeter you'll like it. :) I use 1 1/2 cups for one gallon of tea.
fresh mint

Fill a medium sauce pan about 3/4 full with cold water.  Bring to boil and then add the tea bags.  Turn off the heat, cover the pot and allow the tea to steep until it's at room temperature.  When it's cool, add the Splenda to a big pitcher, pour the tea over the Splenda, and stir well.  Add cold water to fill the pitcher, some fresh mint, and chill before serving.