Move over mint julep, we've got another icy mint drink that's as refreshing as the day is long. (And you don't hafta be 21 to drink it!)
Sparkling iced teas are bubbling up at coffee houses all over the place. I've tried 'em ... and I like 'em.
One of my faves is this outgoing extravert of a sipper that makes BFFs out of minty iced tea, fresh lime juice and sparkling water.Bubbly Mint-Lime Iced Tea
. Yah, it's actually as simple as it sounds.
Perf for a chat with your gal pal. Refreshing when chillaxin' by the pool. Incredibly awesomest when you come in after mowing the lawn. Beer? Ok, if you must. But this sure wets your whistle great too when you're sweating with the best of 'em.
And, since you make it up ahead of time, it's there to greet you when you're wishing you had bought that super-deal window A/C unit you eyed up at the garage sale last week.
Ready? Set? GO.
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
Remove from the heat and add 4 bags of mint tea. Steep for 10 minutes. I used an organic decaf Moroccan mint tea, but you can choose your fave.
Cool it down, down, down in the fridge 'til it's frigid. (Get it? In the fridge...frigid? Forget it...) 3 hours min.
Squeeze some lime juice and chill that too (about 8 tsp) . Yes, lazybones, you can buy the lime juice if you wanna.
Cut some lime slices if you want a great garnish. And wash some mint sprigs while you're at it too. Oh, man, they smell sooo summery.
Mix a cup of the chilled mint tea with 1 to 2 tsp lime juice in a frosty glass, depending on how much you like to pucker.
If you're a sweet tea lover, now's the time to add some honey, agava nectar or vanilla coffee syrup and mix it in. If you like your tea unsweetened, well sweetie, then just skip this part.
Then add 1/4 cup chilled sparkling water, or more to fill the glass.
Add finely crushed ice, and give that mint sprig a squeeze right into the glass before you plop it on top. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Slurp, baby, slurp. Just about as grand as a come-from-behind win at the Derby.
And mint julep fans, if adding a dribble of bourbon to your tea would make you eternally happy, be my guests.