Oh you guys, I’ve found an AWESOME recipe for a homemade peppermint tea sweetened with fresh stevia leaves. I have both plants growing beautifully right now, and am absolutely giddy to have found a way to use them together.
Fresh. Delicious. Tea. Made from nothing but leaves I picked in my yard. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!
I don’t know about you, but the thought of being able to create a refreshing beverage from plants I’ve grown myself just thrills me to no end. There isn’t a single store bought ingredient here. And it’s GOOD.
It’s actually a recipe to make a concentrate, which you can either freeze or put in the fridge for later, or you can dilute it right away and drink it chilled on the spot.
I’ll admit, it is a little different than what we’re used to. Stevia definitely has a unique flavor compared to sugar. But when you keep in mind that it’s made 100% from stuff you can pick right outside your backdoor, it’s amazing. Even our kids loved it.
I found the recipe at Thy Hand Hath Provided.
Fresh Peppermint & Stevia Ice Tea
Makes 1 pint concentrate; 2 quarts tea
- 1 1/2 c. packed fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 c. packed fresh stevia leaves
- 1 pint (2 c.) water
First, pick the fresh leaves off of the stems, measure, then wash them under running water in a colander. I like to use a salad and herb spinner to dry them.
Next, place all ingredients in a small pot, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to steep for about 6 hours, or overnight. Strain off the leaves and pour the concentrate into a glass jar. You can either freeze this concentrate, or store it in the fridge for a few days until ready to use.
When ready to drink, mix 1/2 pint (1 cup) tea concentrate with 1 1/2 pints water- or to taste. Serve cold.
Now I’m totally on a kick to find more homemade iced tea recipes using fresh leaves. I think I’ll try my lemon balm and stevia next.
Do you make a homemade tea from plants you grow? Have a recipe to share?
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.