While browsing a stand at a local farmer's market, one of the sellers was giving away mint for free - anything to get all the excess off their hands! I gladly took some home for myself at no cost whatsoever, and tried to think of the best way to use this aromatic and unique herb. I've never really favored mint in savory dishes but I only like a touch of it in my desserts. Then I thought about one of my very favorite pleasures - lemon mint tea. With so much fresh mint on hand, I realized that I could make batches and batches of the stuff in my own kitchen.
A quick Google search yielded plenty of recipes for fresh mint tea, all of which were essentially the same. Boil water with mint leaves in it, strain and sweeten, then serve. As simple as this recipe is, I figured I truly had nothing to lose in giving it a shot. Few of the sites were too specific on measurements so I put two cups on to boil and added about half a handful of mint, which created a pleasingly potent mint tea. Once my tea kettle started screaming, I just strained out the mint and added a little honey to the mint-infused tea water.
I started with just water and mint but you could definitely add other layers of flavor. I plan on experimenting with slices of fresh lemon as soon as I can get my hands on some, and the various spices and aromatics I've got stored in my tea pantry (rose hips, lavender, and echinacea in particular) will also be tested out with the mint in a variety of tea variations!
Have you ever made tea with fresh herbs before? What are some of your favorite flavors and combinations?