1/2 cup (125 mL) water
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh mint leaves, chopped
4 cups (1 L) freshly brewed tea
2 cups (500 mL) orange juice
- In a small saucepan, stir water and sugar together. Bring to a boil over medium heat; add mint leaves and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir to blend. Cool to room temperature. When cool, strain and reserve mint syrup, discard mint leaves.
- Make tea by steeping 4 tea bags in 4 cups (1L) of boiling water in teapot or heatproof bowl for 4 minutes.
- In large pitcher, combine tea, orange juice, and mint syrup. Cover and refrigerate. Use within 3 days.
Skip the mint syrup for a simpler recipe that is also less sweet. Add fresh mint leaves directly to orange iced tea just before serving.
Chop leftover fresh mint and freeze as individual portions in an ice cube tray. Add to soups, drinks, or desserts for a flavour boost.
Makes 6 cups (1.5 L)
Per serving (1 cup/250 mL):
cal 168 | pro 1g | fat 0g | carb 43g | fibre 0g
The refreshing taste of mint may help settle an upset stomach. It might be helpful to take a few mint candies with you when you are away from home.