Welcome to my tea blog! Here, have a cup of tea :).

In this blog, I will be drinking a lot of tea, but I am willing to share! I also will talk about my quest to create a comtemplative tea lifestyle and slow things down so that I can enjoy my life more, and about how drinking tea brings peace to my day.

It, truly, is the pause that refreshes, and I am asking myself how I can create more of that and less of the crazy-buzy, hurry-to-get-to-the-next-thing energy that all too often adds pressure and tension to my day.

Monday, August 9, 2010

New Iced Tea Recipe: Sweet Tea with Muddled Mint

"Whether it’s accompanying a southern-inspired menu or enjoyed solo on the front porch, our quick and easy sweet tea is sure to please. Use our simple muddling technique to infuse your drink with fresh, natural flavor and make it feel positively homemade."~~Home Made Simple.

Sweet Tea Muddled with Mint


8 lemon tea bags
6 cups boiling hot water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cold water
1 bunch fresh mint
1 lemon, sliced


Place tea bags in a large pot.
Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep 20 minutes.
Remove tea bags. Stir in sugar. Pour mixture into a 2-quart pitcher. Stir in cold water and add ice cubes, if desired.
Place a small handful of mint leaves in the bottom of each serving glass. Using a muddler* or wood spoon, crush the mint until the leaves are bruised and fragrant.
Fill each glass with chilled sweet tea. Garnish with an additional sprig of mint and a lemon slice.

A muddler is a long swizzle stick with an enlarged tip used for muddling, or crushing, ingredients like herbs, sugar and fruits to enhance their flavor and aroma. It’s a fun, old-fashioned technique you can use to add gourmet charm to lots of different drink recipes.

How to Muddle

Learn how to muddle your favorite herbs in 3 easy steps:

(1) Pour a teaspoon or two of granulated sugar into the bottom of your drink glass, which will help create friction as you grind your herb leaves.

(2) Place your herb leaves in the glass, then press down firmly with your muddler (or wooden spoon) and twist. The goal is not to break the leaves, but to bruise them and release their aroma and flavor.

(3) Muddle your leaves for about one minute, then pour your drink into the glass and garnish as desired.

Tip: This tea features strong yet refreshing flavor that we think is perfect for summertime. But if you’d prefer to weaken the tea, simply dilute it by adding in an extra cup or two of cold water.