Tea is quite a simple thing when you think about it. Some fresh or dried leaves, maybe a couple spices thrown in for good measure, and boiling water. Yet these simple ingredients put together in the right way can be relaxing, invigorating, refreshing, calming, soothing…. You name it there will be a tea out there for you!
Where there’s tea there’s hope. ~Arthur Wing Pinero
Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world – Tien Yiheng
I love having pots of fresh herbs to add into foods and drinks and just recently bought another pot of mint to add to my herb collection. The one outside has been struggling with the cold wet weather and there are a couple of recipes I’ve been thinking of that require fresh mint. I’ve had pots of fresh mint tea before at some cool cafe’s in London and Sydney, but never actually gotten around to making it myself. With the February Recipe ReDux theme being hot drinks I thought it a perfect opportunity to give it a try. I had a few stalks of lemongrass in the fridge as well and I thought the two would complement each other quite nicely in a fresh mint lemongrass tea.
This is a refreshing easy to make drink that requires few ingredients, minimal cooking skills (beyond boiling water) and is energy free so can be drunk to your heart’s content!
- 1 large handful fresh mint leaves, ripped
- 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised and chopped
- boiling water
- Boil the kettle and fill a teapot with hot water to warm it up.
- Empty the water and add the mint leaves and lemongrass into the warm teapot.
- Fill the teapot with boiling water. Cover and allow the mint to steep for 5 minutes. You can use a tea cosy (if you own one) to help keep it warm if you like.
- Pour into teacups and drink.
- Don't throw away any tea that went cold before you drank it - stick it in the fridge and you'll have some tasty flavoured water.
That’s it! It is so simple to make your own mint tea. If you don’t have (or like) lemon grass, you can omit that out or use lemon mint instead to add a slightly different flavour. The leaves can be strained from the tea when pouring or left in the cup like I did. It is also very nice cold too – just in case you’re one of those people who like me end up with cold cups of tea!
What’s your favourite hot drink?