I had mint, and I had lemons, and I had tea bags, and I had a beautiful new pitcher, so I spontaneously decided to make my own sweetened Mint Iced Tea!
I am an iced tea lover, and so is hubs, so I knew we’d enjoy having a fresh pitcher in the fridge. But, I also realized during this process – it is so much more affordable to make your own iced tea! Regular ol’ black tea bags (I used PG Tips) are pretty cheap to come by, and so is sugar, if you just want to make iced tea. And mint and lemon are great additions that won’t break the bank. It just seems like a no brainer to take five minutes to make your own, definitely healthier, delicious beverage!
You could try different flavor combinations, but mint and lemon is such a classic! Plus, I’m sure this would be good spiked as well!
4 Tbsp sugar
3 black tea bags
Juice of 1 lemon
leaves from 3 sprigs mint
In a large saucepan, bring 7 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Let steep for 3-4 minutes. Remove tea bags. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add sugar and 1 cup water. Heat gently and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add sugar water into tea, along with lemon juice and mint leaves. Stir and allow to cool. Transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice with a garnish of mint, if desired!