End of Summer Elixer: Iced Gunpowder Green & Peppermint Tea

Late summer: the sun burns at its brightest & the breeze begs you to  s l o w  down. Savor the moment, Indulge in the season. Time to whip up the perfect cool down cocktail to enjoy on the back patio with breakfast, or on the go- for the morning cruise, the errands, your monday commute or your afternoon hangs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of dried peppermint tea leaves. (chopped or whole)
  • 3 tablespoons of loose gunpowder green tea
  • 10 freshly picked, wild peppermint leaves.
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of raw/organic honey
  • A whisk
  • A tea strainer

First, Pick 10 peppermint leaves– I get mine from my backyard, you can even get them at the grocery.

Put on a kettle, and bring 4 cups of water to near boiling, and remove from heat.

Steep your peppermint in 1 cup of hot water at a time.

*Optional Step:  Choose another tea to compliment the mixture, I have used Dragon Eye Oolong Tea,  Matcha Green Tea, and even an orange blossom tea. For this recipe we will use Gunpowder green tea- loose, and peppermint tea- loose.

Add gunpowder green tea & dried peppermint to 1 cup near-boiling water. Steep your herbal tea for no more than 2-3 minutes!

Strain your tea leaves, and peppermint leaves into a glass bottle or mason jar.  (I use the Perfectea by Teavana to strain the perfect single-cup of herbal tea)

Combine 1 cup of  boiling water with 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Whisk until you create a thin syrup, then add to your tea mixture.

Blend your tea mixture by shaking the container, and then pour over 2 cups of ice cubes.  The tea is concentrated so allow the ice to melt into the mixture.  Serve over ice with a fresh mint leaf or two as a garnish.

 Enjoy!

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