By Sarah Lagrotteria
This recipe is our go-to for clients who love iced tea but want to go easy on the sugar. I always have a pitcher ready when I’m expecting weekend guests. It’s also great for an afternoon alone with with my favorite cookbooks.
Peach Iced Tea
Makes 8 cups
4 bags peach tea (we like Celestial Seasoning Country Peach Passion)
2 bags black tea (We like P.G. Tips)
Agave syrup to taste
Lemon slices for serving
Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Pour over the tea bags in a large heat-proof mixing bowl. Let steep 6 minutes before removing the tea bags. While the tea is still hot, add a squirt or two of the agave. I usually squirt into a small figure 8 two times and that is the perfect amount for lightly sweet tea. Add four cups cold water. When the tea is cool enough to handle, pour into your pitcher of choice and chill. Add lemon slices just before serving and, if you remember, pop your serving glasses in the freezer for a few minutes just before pouring. A chilled glass makes all the difference.
Sweet Mint Tea
by Lydia Ellison
My mom’s best friend is named Laura and she came into my life when I was 10 years old. I looked up to Laura so much as a young girl because she wore a hot pink bikini to sun tan in her suburban driveway on the weekends, she loved Madonna and she drove a white Camaro. My brother’s and I loved the nights when Laura would come over and her and my Mom would make shrimp and scallop stir fry for dinner (not the highlight of the night for me) and Laura would tell us animated stories about her day at work and let her brush her long hair. She was like our cool big sister.
Of course I am still thankful to Laura for teaching me the Vogue dance but more pertinent to my life these days is her recipe for Sweet Mint Tea. It was her Grandmother’s recipe and Laura always had a pitcher of it in her fridge. My mom has been making this tea to much acclaim for the last 15 years and always has a pitcher in her fridge now, made with fresh mint from her garden. Now that I am about the age Laure was when she first came into our life, I notice I too have a pitcher in my fridge at least once a week (though I use a natural sweetener instead of white sugar). Once you try this recipe you will too.
Sweet Mint Tea
makes 1 pitcher
2 or 3 bags of Black Tea (I like PG tips)
4-5 sprigs of fresh mint
the juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup of Agave syrup or 1/3 cup of sugar
Fill your pitcher with boiling water and add tea bags and mint sprigs and the Agave syrup or sugar and mix until dissolved. Allow to seep on the counter for 30 minutes. Remove the tea bags leaving all of the mint leaves in the tea and add the juice of one lemon stirring again. Allow the tea to cool down before you put it in the fridge overnight. The tea MUST chill overnight in the fridge where it will get slightly murky and fantastically potent. Serve over ice.