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.