Recipe by Nif
A refreshing drink from Gooseberry Patch. The lemonade adds a nice, clean taste to this iced tea. For a really cool and original way to serve this drink to guests, check out step 3. Enjoy!
Top Review by Domestic Goddess
I'm editing my review, as I made this iced tea the other day, but found I only had 12 Kentucky Mint Leaves, so I also used 2 Bigelow Plantation Black-Spearmint Tea Bags (along with the 12 black flavored tea bags). I felt the taste of the spearmint really came through, and the tea was quite refreshing and delicious! September 20, 2012: Nif, Throughout the Summer I've been making this iced tea by the gallons several times a week. But I have tweaked the recipe. To make almost a gallon, I use 8 cups of boiling water, 14 tea bags (I use orange-pekoe & black tea bags, which I purchase at Aldi's), 25 spearmint leaves (which I found using spearmint leaves, gives the tea just a slight hint of mint flavor, which still is quite refreshing and oh so good!!), a 12-ounce can of the frozen lemon concentrate, plus I do add the 1 cup of sugar (which sorta gives this iced tea that sweet tea taste (but not overly sweet), plus 4 cups of cold water. I do cover the gallon size glass jar w/a small dinner plate while I steep the tea 15 to 20 minutes, and after I remove the tea bags and spearmint leaves, I stir in the sugar, cover the jar w/the plate, and let the tea set for 90 minutes to cool down. Then I add the lemon concentrate and the 4 cups of cold water. My son-in-law and daughters enjoy this iced tea as much as I do. It's become a family favorite! Nif, thanx for posting this recipe!!
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 family-size tea bags or 8 regular tea bags
- 6 leaves of fresh mint
- 6 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 cups cold water
- ice cube, fresh mint sprigs
Directions See How It's Made
- Pour boiling water into a large heatproof pitcher. Add teabags and mint leaves; let stand for 5 minutes. Discard teabags and mint leaves.
- Add frozen lemonade, sugar and cold water, mixing well. Serve over ice; garnish with mint sprigs.
- A really neat way that Gooseberry showed this drink is to put each serving in mason jars, sealer lids and all, with a slice of lemon in each jar. Put all the jars in a bucket of ice and serve to your guests that way. Very impressive for a barbeque or gathering and a very inexpensive way to do it as well.