Mint Iced Tea + World Record Sweet Tea

My garden is starting to get out of control.  Well, maybe not the garden so much as the mint.  I am starting to think it was not such a great idea to plant the mint in my herb garden – I should have planted it far, far away from everything so that when it started multiplying like rabbits (well, not exactly like rabbits) it wouldn’t take over the entire bed. On the plus side, I’m trying out all the mint recipes!

mint iced teaMint plant, 18 April.
mint plantMint plant, 10 May.
mint plant Mint plant, 5 June.  Out. Of. Control. 
mint plantDesperate for ideas, I polled Facebook and got tons of awesome responses (including a recipe from one of my favorite travel bloggers, fangirl swoon)!  Ideas ranging from mint wine to savory Thai shrimp, and lots of things in between.  So many votes for mojitos, as if I didn’t already have a strawberry mojito in my hand!
strawberry mojitoMint ice tea is SO easy.  Make iced tea just like you normally would, but when you add the tea bags, add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of fresh mint leaves (per gallon).
mint iced teaIf you think the flavor is too strong, you can always use fewer tea bags OR steep for less time OR add some water to your tea so it’s not so concentrated.  It’s really hard to go wrong with iced tea.  Kyle drinks his with a few drops of stevia, I drink mine with a splash of lemon juice.
 
If you don’t have a regular iced tea recipe, here’s how Kyle makes our mint iced tea.
 
Mint Iced Tea

Mint Iced Tea

A simple iced tea recipe infused with fresh mint

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 4 tea bags (quart-sized)
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh mint (loose)

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Take the pot off the heat.
  2. Add the tea and mint. Let tea steep for 8-10 minutes, then remove the tea bags. After 30 minutes, remove the mint.
  3. Chill.

Notes

I like to add either a little bit of sweetener or a splash of lemon juice to my iced tea.

http://www.theeverythingkitchen.com/mint-iced-tea/
 

In honor of National Tea Day (Wednesday), Summerville SC – the self-proclaimed birthplace of sweet tea – decided it was time to take over the title of World’s Largest Iced Tea.  Guinness Book of World Records was on the scene to make this event history, and the record was broken.

I kind of expected it to be a little bigger.  I don’t know.  Who am I to judge.  What was REALLY impressive, however, was how long the line for sweet tea was!  We were present for the sweet tea festivities and were going to half-heartedly join the line for sweet tea, but we realized it stretched a block long and went around the corner.  Who knows where it ended!  I prefer my tea unsweetened, and we heard this tea was so sweet it made your teeth hurt, so we never tasted the tea but we had a great time anyway.  And if you’re ever in the area, rumor has it the world’s largest iced tea cup will be on permanent display!

If you’re interested in learning more, I suggest reading this highly entertaining article from the Post and Courier.  The recipe for this 1425 gallon batch included 1600 lbs of sugar and 120 lbs of loose leaf tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation. You can also check out all the photos of sweet tea drinkers with their mugs of sweet tea on the Summerville, SC Facebook page.

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