What is better on a hot, humid summer day, after working outside, than a cool, refreshing drink of Meadow Tea...or maybe you call it Garden Tea, or something else entirely!
Almost every summer, there is a friendly debate on facebook among some of my friends over the name for this summertime drink! Apparently, according to what part of Pennsylvania you hail from, the name is different!
We call it Meadow Tea, I guess, because it is often found growing wild along the edge of the meadow. While I do have some "wild" tea, the leaves that I use come from plants that I purchased at a local greenhouse and planted where I wanted it. There are lots of varieties available to choose from. ( I think mine was actually called Chocolate Mint) I now have enough tea to feed the entire neighborhood...it spreads that quickly. But my family loves it, and I'm hesitant to say just how quickly a gallon is consumed!
This is the recipe that I use most often...
Fresh Meadow Tea
(makes 1 gallon)
Bring to a boil:
2 cups sugar ( I skimp on the sugar! )
4 cups water
2 cups mint leaves, packed (and thoroughly washed!)
2 sliced lemons
Let stand overnight. Strain off concentrate and store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, pour into a gallon container and fill with water and ice.
*This freezes well! I usually cut all of my tea at once, and make several batches. I store the concentrate in quart sized containers, and they each make one gallon of delicious Meadow Tea!
So...what do you call this delicious drink?
Just and update to the recipe...I learned another way to make this from a friend, which I personally like even better! Here it is...
*Bring 6 cups of water to a boil
*Add a large handful of tea leaves, rinsed
*Let them steep for about 30 minutes
*Remove leaves and drain the "tea"
*Add 1/2 cup sugar and stir until dissolved
*This makes enough concentrate for 1 gallon of tea
This recipe is much quicker to make, the tea is much lighter in color, and it's not nearly so sweet!