July 5, 2011
Iíve got a new favorite summer beverage, Peach Passion Apple Mint Tea (see below) that is easy to prepare. Letís try to make our own drinks as much as possible this summer instead of buying beverages in bottles and cans that have to be shipped over great distances. Bottles and cans can be recycled, but itís better for the earth not to produce them in the first place.
I use apple juice concentrate because itís less weight and volume to haul around than are bottles of juice, and costs less. One 12-oz. can of apple juice concentrate makes 48 oz. of juice. The tea Iím using is Celestial Seasonings, which is made just a few miles from where I live, and the mint is grown in my backyard. Once you have mint established, it can be invasive, so youíll soon have all the mint you can possibly use.
Did you know that you can make chilled tea in the refrigerator without ever having to heat it or put it out in the sun? I didnít know this until a few years ago. Iíd been making hot tea and then chilling it--a waste of energy.
Peach Passion Apple Mint Tea
Fill a quart bottle or pitcher with water and put in 3 or 4 teabags of Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion tea. Add a handful of crushed mint leaves. Refrigerate several hours.
In the meantime, prepare apple juice from concentrate in a separate container, and chill. When ready to serve, remove tea bags and strain tea to remove mint leaves. Mix two parts tea with one part apple juice. If itís well chilled, thereís no need for ice. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig if you wish, and enjoy!