Weeks ago I attended a Gardening Workshop. It was a spectacular event that concluded with a filling Farm-to-Table Lunch in the dell. I was lucky enough to help out with the event and while I was helping with final preparations in the kitchen I watched on as some fresh mint tea was made by a friend, Tyler. I was completely shocked at how easy it looked and stored it somewhere so that I could later create my own. Just last week when we received fresh chamomile from our CSA share, I knew immediately what I would do with it. I would make tea.
Sunday was the perfect opportunity as I was planning on making some beverages for a Midsummer Bluegrass Fest that the farm was hosting. I called up Tyler, got some last minute instructions and I started.
Ironically, last year I uprooted a mint garden that was taking over my entire yard. Now I am wishing I had all that mint (okay, maybe not ALL of it). I am definitely going to have to plant some more. This year I planted some Pineapple Mint in a container and so that was what I used for this recipe, along with that fresh chamomile. That is it, two ingredients.
Two ingredients to make the most refreshing summer drink that I have ever tasted.
Chamomile and Pineapple Mint Iced Tea
1. Fill a gigantic stockpot with water and bring to a boil.
2. Wash about 5-6 sprigs of fresh mint and about 5-6 sprigs of fresh chamomile.
3. When water is boiling, place mint and chamomile in pot. Cover and boil for 2-3 minutes.
4. Take pot off of the heat and let steep for 45 minutes.
5. Remove sprigs from pot.
6. Take a funnel and place doubled over cheesecloth over it. Pour tea through this to strain and get out any leaves or flowers.
7. Let cool completely and then add ice or place in refrigerator to chill.
Enjoy this simple and refreshing glass during a hot day this summer!
*Keep in mind that I chose to add chamomile. You could absolutely make this iced tea with just mint and it is fabulous that way too!