Garden Tea

One of the really great things about the summer time is our garden. This year the kids have been really helpful planing and weeding even harvesting. It is important to me to give them these memories and so I am always trying to find ways to invite them into the garden so they take ownership of it.

This year, as in years past, we have been overrun with mint. It’s not a bad problem but I like to use it since we have it. When I was a little girl we used to make sun tea with mint leaves and it was always called meadow tea. Well my boys have renamed it garden tea because they love to go out to the mint patch and pull handfuls of mint to take inside and help me brew tea with their bounty. So I roll with it…garden tea.

The Bare Bones Recipe
About a cup of mint leaves (you can add more or less depending on your taste preference or how much your kids pick)
Six cups of water
Honey to taste (optional)

Heat the water until it is almost boiling, pour over mint leaves allow them to steep about four minutes strain mint leaves add honey to taste. Once the honey is dissolved and the tea has cooled slightly add ice and enjoy! Simple and delicious.

Variations that my boys have been devouring the past few weeks.
**Add two decaffeinated green tea bags to original recipe. It adds a subtle green tea flavor and some antioxidants which is a win-win.
**Slice fresh slices of citrus into iced tea for a zingy and refreshing twist.

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