Recipes and Food
Fresh Mint and Hibiscus Cold-Brew Tea
Cold-brew iced tea is the perfect drink to help you smash your hydration goals all summer long. Cold-brew tea (like cold-brew coffee) is the method of steeping the tea using cold water, rather than hot. This allows you to make a delicious, flavorful tea without ever turning on a kettle.
When my husband and I first moved onto our homestead, we found lush patches of wild mint growing along the banks of our stream. And this stuff multiplies — I feel like every time I harvest mint, double the amount grows back.
To take advantage of all that mint, I’ve been making Fresh Mint and Hibiscus Cold-Brew Tea. This tea is a fantastic refresher to enjoy while taking a break from gardening, working outside, or enjoying some fun in the sun.
Fresh Mint and Hibiscus Cold Brew Tea is made for summer: no hot water needed, and you can make enough for a crowd. The below recipe makes four cups, but you can make a single serving or a gallon for company. Just use one part mint to three parts water and you’ll be set. You can customize it, too: if you don’t have hibiscus tea, add a handful of your favorite loose leaf, or any sweetener you like (as a beekeeper, I’d 100% recommend raw honey). Pour over ice, and enjoy.
Fresh Mint and Hibiscus Cold Brew Tea
1 cup fresh mint leaves, thoroughly washed
1 tablespoon dried hibiscus loose-leaf tea
3 cups water
(Optional) 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice
1. In a quart-sized Mason jar, add the mint, hibiscus tea, and water. Seal with a lid and chill in the refrigerator 4-12 hours (preferably overnight).
2. When ready to serve: mix in the sweetener if using, strain, and pour the tea over a glass filled with ice.