I have a confession to make.
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.
Coming from California, I am used to only unsweetened teas in restaurants. Boo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.