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Minted Green Tea

Minted TeapotRecipe by Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, FAND, CFCS

In Morocco, an offer of mint tea, which accompanies nearly every social interaction, symbolizes 24/7 hospitality and friendship. More than courtesy and flavor, mint tea may have potential health benefits (perhaps derived from its flavonoids), and may play a role in relaxation and better mental performance, too. This recipe starts with fresh mint leaves — perhaps spearmint from your garden when in season. If you grow unique mint varietals, try them, too!

Ingredients

2 cups fresh mint
2 tablespoons green tea leaves*
1-inch piece peeled ginger root, thinly-sliced
2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
6 cups boiling water
1 orange, sliced
6 mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  • Bruise the mint between your fingers. Place the mint, tea, ginger root and honey in a 6-cup heat-resistant pitcher or teapot. Pour the boiling water over the tea, stirring to mix the ingredients.
  • Cover; let the tea brew, or steep, for 10 to 12 minutes, or to your taste.
  • Strain the infused hot tea into another pitcher or teapot.
  • To serve, place an orange slice and mint sprig in each mug, then fill with tea.

Cooking Notes

  • *2 tablespoons of green tea leaves equals about the amount in 3 green tea bags.
  • Serve Minted Green Tea over ice as a refreshing drink on a hot summer day!

Nutrition Information

Serves 6

Calories: 30; Calories from fat: 0; Total fat: 0g; Saturated fat: 0; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Total carbohydrate: 8g; Dietary fiber: 1g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 0g