Tomorrow, Saturday, June 10th, is National Iced Tea Day! Did you know there was such a thing? Good timing though, as the weather on the Cape is just starting to get warm, sunny and summery – perfect iced tea weather.
So, we’re celebrating summer and National Iced Tea Day with this tart, refreshing and summery Iced Cranberry Mint Green Tea.
We don’t like overly sweet iced drinks in our house – we much prefer lightly sweetened (if at all) drinks, especially when it comes to iced teas. And as much as we like strong iced black teas, sometimes it’s nice to have something a bit lighter in an iced green tea. And since green tea (for the most part) has a lower caffeine level than black tea, I can still enjoy (34 weeks pregnant) my morning coffee and a tall afternoon glass of green tea without going over my caffeine limit for the day.
What’s your favorite type of iced tea? Do you add your favorite fruits or herbs/spices?
This Iced Cranberry Mint Green Tea is made simply by steeping green tea bags, then chilling the tea. When ready to serve, you’ll muddle together frozen unsweetened cranberries (cranberries are not just to be enjoyed in fall or winter – we love using them in recipes year-round), fresh mint (we have a LOT of mint growing in our garden), lime juice and a touch of turbinado sugar (optional).
How gorgeous do these cranberries and mint look before muddling?
Muddle, muddle, muddle. If you don’t have a pestle, use the back of a spoon or a fork to mash. Then you’ll add the fruit mixture to your green tea and stir well.
This iced tea is so refreshingly tart and perfect for a warm summer day.
Try it this summer. And let me know how you like it.
Here’s how to make this Iced Cranberry Mint Green Tea.
- 4 green tea bags
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened cranberries
- Leaves from 3 mint sprigs
- Juice from 2 limes, plus lime slices for serving
- 2 tablespoons sugar (we used raw turbinado sugar)
- In a tea kettle, or in a pot on the stovetop, bring 4 cups of water to just a boil.
- Place tea bags into a heat safe pitcher (or bowl)
- Pour hot water over tea bags and let steep 10 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and chill tea until cool, at least an hour.
- When ready to serve, place cranberries, mint, lime juice and sugar into a mortar (or small bowl). Using a pestle, mash until cranberries and mint are muddled - you want to release the mint oil and cranberry juice and flavor.
- Spoon cranberry mixture into the pitcher. Stir well. Add ice to the pitcher.
- Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Fill with iced tea. Garnish with lime slices.