Things are starting to heat up here. After a couple of hours of gardening, pushing the kids on the swings, or hitting baseballs into the back field for my kids to retrieve (seriously, they think it’s hilarious and nothing wears them out more efficiently), I’m ready for a cool drink. This iced tea comes from Bobby Flay‘s book Grilling for Life. It requires only a few ingredients and comes together in a flash.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add 6 green tea bags. I happened to have a ginseng citrus green tea and it gave the drink a lovely, refreshing flavor. Let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes.
If you prefer sweetened iced tea, add a little honey or simple syrup. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until the sugar melts, about 1 minute. Let it cool before adding to the iced tea.
5 cups water
6 green tea bags, preferably with a citrus flavor
1/4 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus mint for garnish
In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the tea bags. Let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in 1/4 cup packed mint leaves. Let steep for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture into a pitcher. Pour into a glass over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.
If you wish, sweeten with simple sugar or honey.