Sweet Tea

I have a confession to make.

Sweet Tea with Mint recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I’m kinda a sweet tea addict.  I just love the stuff.  There’s just something about that has “the South” written all over it. It’s delicious and sweet and *gasp* they serve it everywhere out here in Texas.

Sweet Tea with Mint recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Coming from California, I am used to only unsweetened teas in restaurants. Boo.

Sweet Tea with Mint recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Needless to say, the insane availability of sweet tea out here in Austin has surely tested my ability to abstain from caffeine (and sugars, for that matter) during my pregnancy.  Not that I don’t allow myself to indulge every so often, but it is still hard.

Sweet Tea with Mint recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I realized I could make some of my own sweet tea at home using decaffeinated tea.  You see, Texas certainly has sweet tea anywhere and everywhere, but they don’t have decaf or flavored tea as options for their beloved drink.  Wonder why.

Sweet Tea with Mint recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Well, at my house, there will be this option!  I chose to make my pregnant self some decaffeinated sweet tea with fresh mint and lemon.  And it turned out great.

Sweet Tea with Mint recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

If you’d rather the regular ‘ole sweet tea, please don’t send the Sweet Tea Police after me…just omit the mint leaves and use some good quality black tea bags instead.  Easy as that.

Sweet Tea with Mint recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Can I just say how much I LOVE pouring myself a nice big glass of decaf sweet tea with mint from my very own fridge?

Sweet Tea with Mint recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Yay!

Sweet Tea With Mint

3 1/2 – 4 quarts water, divided
4-5 mint tea bags (you can use black tea if you prefer)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 bunch (about 4-5 sprigs) mint leaves, whole on stem
1/4 lemon, sliced with peel plus more for garnish

Directions

Bring 1 qt. water to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once boiling, remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow tea to steep for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add mint leaves and lemon slices and allow to sit for 10 more minutes.

Remove tea bags, mint and lemon from the pot. Add 2 1/2 to 3 quarts water (depending on your tastes and level of sweetness preferred) and stir to combine. Serve over ice with a quick twist of fresh lemon juice. Garnish with lemon slice or fresh mint leaves.

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Comments

  1. Kelly says

    Growing up I would visit my father every summer in Baltimore, MD. We would live on mint tea. He had gorgeous mint plants in the yard and every day started out with picking some mint and making a pitcher (or two) for the day. Now I can’t wait for summer to come so I can grow my own mint and make my own tea. Every glass reminds me of him. Funny how that works, huh…. I am a strong supporter of making iced tea with Luzianne tea bags. They make the yummiest iced tea.

  2. Kealy says

    My husband loves sweet tea(extra sweet), but I know he wouldn’t like any other flavors added, he is ridiculously picky, so I was wondering how this recipe might be changed to please his tastebuds? I’m slowing learning how to make almost everything from scratch so I’m not sure how to change, halve, or alter any recipe at the moment. :0) Does it have to be a black tea? What would be a good tea to use that has a slightly milder flavor?
    Thanks for any help you can give me!!

    P.S. so HAPPY to have come across your page…I’ve already tried a few recipes and they rocked!!

    Kealy

    • says

      Hi Kealy! If your husband loves just plain sweet tea, you could try this recipe without adding the mint. You could also try green tea, as that has a different flavor than black tea. However, if you use loose leaf tea rather than tea bags, the flavor of the black tea will be less pungent and more balanced. I hope that helps! Good luck!!

  3. Ree says

    I live in Hawaii (born and raise and will never live anyplace else, can’t leave my home) and now we’re seeing the McDonald’s commercial, sadly to say we don’t have the sweet tea here. I haven’t tried anything of it but my boyfriend was in the army and station in Georgia. He always speaks of what foods and drinks he missed. I want to surprise him with his drink that he is now wanting…I landed on your website and I find it interesting. Love your pictures and explanation sounds so easy. I’m going to try make your recipe today, he works 16hrs and even though he be very tired…the look on his face will not be forgotten. He works so hard, just want to make him happy.

  4. Celia says

    I’ve recently become a mint sweet tea addict after trying a glass at a local restaurant. I found that make a mint syrup was even better than the mint tea bags. Having that infused mint taste with little pieces of diced mint really made the flavor!

      • Chef Matthew says

        I am hopelessly addicted to Tea! Here in Northern California we have a ton of Herbalists and I am always discovering new Blends and new kinds of Teas so I can fully relate to your love of tea. :) Try a Blueberry and White Tea version of this. I bet you would love it. Use Dehydrated Blueberries ( ground ) and White Tea leaves. If you cant find any White tea leaves may I suggest the Celestial Seasonings White Tea w/ Peach. The peach blends well with the Blueberries. Enjoy

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