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Meadow Tea

Submitted by: kellyb on May 27, 2010
2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5
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Meadow Tea

A delightful drink that is simple and easy to make.

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 6-8

Prep Time: 5 minutes   Cook Time: 10-15 minutes  

Ingredients

Water
Mint of your choice, a combination is very good
Sweetener of your choice

Directions

There really are no specific directions for making meadow tea. Just gather a bunch of your favorite mint. Wash the leaves and stems and add to a pot of almost boiling water. Turn the water off and allow to steep until the house smells wonderful. Strain the tea thru several layers of cheese cloth or a well washed tee-shirt. Add the sweetener of your choice and enjoy.

As a child, my grandmother would send us to the edge of the woods to gather mint for this tea. It was a real treat on a hot summer day. It is still a very popular drink amoung the Amish and Mennonites in our area. You can find jars for sale at many of the popular farmer’s markets.

Categories: Beverages, Budget, Kid-Friendly

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  1. 5-27
    8:38
    pm
    Avatar of CindyP

    My Amish friend gave me some spearmint…only she called it tea. I did not know what to do with it! LOL! It’s wonderful, wonderful stuff just brewed up like this! :)

  2. 7-22
    12:58
    pm
    Avatar of Sherie

    When I was a kid, we had mint growing by our back door. I used to grab a leaf and chew on it. My mom made the most wonderful iced tea. I am now on a mission to find fresh mint!

  3. 7-22
    5:05
    pm
    Avatar of kellyb

    Sherie,

    If you’re comfortable identifying wild mint there’s lots growing in the wood edges around here maybe in your area also. Remember square stem and alternate leaves. Or you can come on over and help yourselve to the 8 kinds I have growing.

  4. 7-22
    5:35
    pm
    Avatar of Joy

    Oh, Lordy, if you thought excess zucchini was back you should NEVER EVER be tempted to plant mint. I made the mistake of doing that once. Now my flower beds are overrun with mint. It pops up everywhere. I planted different varieties which crossed (the bees LOVE my mint) so I’m not sure what is growing by my back door. I didn’t read the advice to plant the pot along with the mint to keep it from spreading. Then it went to seed, they blew everywhere–hey guys I bet that “wild mint” escaped from some neighbors garden.

    Best iced tea in the world is adding a handful of mint to the hot water where the tea bags are steeping. Pull out the mint when you pull out the tea bags. Get just a hint of mint in your iced tea and it is great! Or, put a handful or two of leaves in the blender with some water. Blend, strain out the leftover big pieces and freeze in an ice cube tray. Then add those cubes to lemonade. YUMMM.

  5. 7-22
    8:09
    pm
    Avatar of kellyb

    Joy,

    You are so right, mint will spread like wild fire. I plant mine in separate pots and place it around the garden. In 5 years it has not escaped. Several types of mint do grow wild in this area and that’s what we used as a kid growing up. I now have planted orange mint, apple mint and about 5 other kinds, plus a big pot of mint that I dug up from my grandparents house. Enjoy, it wonderfully refreshing.

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