I never really liked iced tea, I know that’s odd since I made you iced tea, let me explain.

During the heatwave on the weekend I felt like i needed something really refreshing but I wanted something new and interesting. I thought about making lemonade but I didn’t really feel like that and then I thought about green tea and decided why not give iced green tea a shot.

And I loved it!!

So I decided that I needed to make a version to share with you. I wanted simple flavors that would compliment each other and be really fresh.

So I went with lemon, mint and cucumber and I realized that the reason I never liked iced tea before is because it is always super sweet so this one doesn’t have a huge amount of sugar in it and I used raw sugar instead of refined simply because I prefer the flavor of raw sugar.

Even though you need to wait for the tea to steep and then cool it is really easy to make this iced up and you can make it in advance, it keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days.

It would be perfect to have at barbecues or parties and would be amazing with fish. It’s quite light and you can really taste the mint as I steeped fresh mint leaves in boiling water and the lemon and cucumber really give this a fresh lift.

If you don’t like iced tea i hope you try this, I promise it’s nothing like pre made iced tea, it’s not super sweet it’s light and refreshing and if it helps you could totally add vodka to this…. i’m going to go do that now…..

Have a great weekend!

Lemon, Mint and Cucumber Green Iced Tea

Yield: 1.25 litres

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 4 green tea bags
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • ½ continental cucumber, sliced

Method

Place the sugar into a 1.25 litre carafe or jug add 1 cup of boiling water and mix until the sugar dissolves. Add the mint leaves and pour in the remaining 4 cups of boiling water. Allow the mint leaves to sit and steep until the water is 80 degrees add the tea bags and steep of 4 minutes.

Refrigerate for 2 hours, add the lemon and cucumber return to the fridge until very cold.

Serve over lots of ice. Enjoy!

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