Several people have asked for my recipe for applemint tea so I figured posting it here and sending the link would be easier than separately messaging everyone. Without further ado, Applemint Tea.
Method One (Hot Steep)
Gather up a bowl full of applemint sprigs.
Fill a pan with about 2 quarts of water and bring it to a boil. Bruise and rip the leaves and stems. Turn off the heat and add the applemint. Steep until the water turns a beautiful light greenish tan.
Before straining if you would like to sweeten the tea, add your desired sweetener. Depending on who I am fixing it for, I usually use stevia or honey and just sweeten to taste. You want to add the sweetener before it chills over ice because you want the sugar particles or honey or whatever to dissolve well. While the tea is steeping, I prepare two quart mason jars by filling them with ice cubes and placing a filter over the mouth of the jar. I use cheese cloth or even cone coffee filters depending on what I have on hand. Then I tighten the jar band to hold it in place and pour the tea through to strain out any leaves and stems.
Cap it, shake it up and enjoy!
Method Two (Cold Water Steeping)
Sorry, I don’t have any pictures for this one but I did find a you tube link to the video where I first learned about applemint tea and how to cold steep it. This method is fun to do with children but I do think the hot steeping method provides a stronger flavor! In this video, the recipe starts at 20 minutes and 3 seconds in so you can skip to that section if you like but the whole video is great fun!
I hope you grow to love the summer tradition of applemint tea as much as I do!