Hopefully your garden is planted, your flowerpots are filled up and all the mulching is done! Time to enjoy one of the great summer pleasures – sipping some old-fashioned sun brewed tea, from our Handled Mason Jar Mugs and served from our Beverage Dispensers, of course!
Here in Lancaster County we call this summer treat – meadow tea. We recently shared some of these recipes with our local newspaper, but we wanted to make sure all our fans (local or not) had the chance to enjoy some meadow tea.
First, you need to start with mint. We’ve chosen to grow peppermint, apple mint, and curly mint, but there are many varieties of mint available. You can see, by this picture of the mint plants at Ken’s Gardens in Lancaster, that the choices are abundant.
4 cups water (bring to a boil)
1 quart Mint Tea leaves/stem (rinsed & firmly packed)
3 – 5 cups sugar (we sometimes get away with 2 cups)
This one is a family favorite! The concentrate can be used right away, or frozen for enjoyment later!
2.5 cups water
1.5 cups sugar
12 oz. lemonade concentrate
6 oz. orange juice concentrate
2 cups mints leaves
This is a great option if you’ve got limited refrigerator space – a batch of this will provide you with refreshing mint tea by the glass on demand!
2 cups sugar and 1 quart water – boil for 5 minutes
2 cups chopped mint
3 lemons juice & rinds
We found some other refreshing minty creations on Yummly.
A good drink always tastes better in glass, or shall we say a Mason jar. Top it with a pretty jar topper and a fun paper straw and you are set. We have a wide variety of lids and straws for any kind of drink.