Orange Mint Iced Green Tea - A Refreshing and Healthy Summer Drink

Orange mint and green tea makes an amazing summer drink!
Orange mint and green tea makes an amazing summer drink! | Source

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*Mint Warning!*

If you decide to plant any mint variety you will have no problem growing it! However you will have a problem containing it! So grow in a contained area or even better a container!

The sun is out, the temperature is rising and you’re looking for a refreshing but healthy drink for the summer. Yeah there’s the usual iced tea made from powder out of a box or the delicious lemonade bought at the grocery store but you feel like something different, something with a lot less sugar! Why not make your own homemade iced tea with a little extra added to it! Why not try Orange Mint Iced Green Tea! A simple mixture of fresh orange mint and Iced Green Tea brewed at home!

I've been brewing up my own Iced Green Tea for over a year now. Although green tea can be an acquired taste, adding something extra can make it great, and putting it over ice makes it the perfect summer refreshment. For years the health benefits of green tea have been circulating the watercooler, from reducing swelling to possibly protecting skin cells from ultraviolet rays, Iced Green Tea is truly a summer drink. Add some fresh mint, which has a refreshing cooling effect, hence its use in Mojitos and Mint Juleps as signature alcoholic drinks of the summer, and the cooling effects double!

Cheap Drink?

The ingredients to make a pitcher of Orange Mint Iced Green Tea are fairly inexpensive. The box of green tea was $3.99 at Whole Foods for a box of 70 tea bags, which means each tea bag is about 6 cents! The mint plant cost around $3.29 but is not only a perennial that comes back every year but also the more leaves you pick the more the plant grows! So the price per leaf or sprig is basically nothing over time! Finally if you would like to add any optional ingredients like lime, lemon, or orange the price per fruit can be fairly cheap! This means that the pitcher of Orange Mint Iced Green Tea can be made for under $5! Which means each glass is even cheaper! A refreshing and healthy summer drink on a budget!

Why Orange Mint?

I recently started a small mint garden in my backyard, in a whiskey barrel to contain the ever growing mint plants! I have three varieties: Peppermint, Chocolate Mint, and Orange Mint. Although a number of mints including spearmint would taste great in the Iced Green Tea, I thought the slight citrus flavor of the Orange Mint would be the best partner for the Iced Tea.

Making Orange Mint Iced Green Tea is fairly simple, has very few calories, is refreshing and cheap! Although to brew the tea you need to heat up water on a stove or in an electric kettle so Adult Supervision is Needed! When your Iced Tea is made find a nice spot in the shade fill your glass up and enjoy those beautiful summer days!


What's better then a cool glass of refreshing iced green tea then a hint of fresh mint!
What's better then a cool glass of refreshing iced green tea then a hint of fresh mint! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: about 2 liters of tea

Ingredients

  • Two tea bags Green Tea, Organic, fair trade Green Tea is the best!
  • 4-6 sprigs Orange Mint, best if used fresh
  • 1.5-2 liters Water
  • 2-2.5 cups ice cubes
  • 1 orange (sliced), (OPTIONAL to add flavor)
  • 1 Lemon (sliced), (OPTIONAL to add flavor)
  • 1 Lime (sliced), (OPTIONAL to add flavor)
  1. Pick 4-6 healthy looking sprigs (small branches of Orange Mint. Make sure the leaves are healthy and have no bugs on them. Also be careful not to damage your plant. When handling the leaves be gently, bruising will cause the oils to leak leaving you with less flavor!
  2. Wash the mint leaves under cool water, once again be careful not to bruise them or crush them. Lay out and gently pat dry.
  3. Find a small sprig of mint to set aside as a garnish.
  4. Take out two organic, fair trade (at least that's what I prefer!) green tea bags.
  5. Fill an electric kettle or teapot with water. Add tea bags and bring to a simmer (you don't want to bring to a boil or the tea won't taste right!)
  6. As the tea is steeping for a few minutes, add mint leaves to the bottom of your Ice Tea Pitcher. Then using a muddle tool (usually found at your bar) or a round handle of a kitchen utensil (like a whisk) gently muddles the mint. Muddling is simply putting pressure on the leaves and turning the tool, it is meant to bruise the leaves, allowing the oils and flavor to diffuse into the drink.
  7. Once tea is ready, let cool for a min, and then pour a small amount into pitcher. (BE CAREFUL! if your pitcher is GLASS), let the leaves soak in the tea.
  8. Next add the cups of ice to the pitcher and pour the remaining tea in. (OPTIONAL: at this point add in any other ingredients like orange slices, lemon slices, or limes slices for added citrus flavor). Let cool for an hour or two in the refrigerator or serve over iced filled cups!
  9. Now you're ready to enjoy, fill a cup up with ice, pour in desire amount of tea and add Orange mint sprig to top as garnish (will make every sip not only pleasant for your taste buds but also your sense of smell!)
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 5
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Orange (citrus) Mint in my garden! I also have peppermint and chocolate mint growing! The Organic Green Tea I buy from Whole FoodsThe tea bags are pretty ordinary!The final result a refreshing and healthy summer drink!
Orange (citrus) Mint in my garden! I also have peppermint and chocolate mint growing!
Orange (citrus) Mint in my garden! I also have peppermint and chocolate mint growing! | Source
The Organic Green Tea I buy from Whole Foods
The Organic Green Tea I buy from Whole Foods | Source
The tea bags are pretty ordinary!
The tea bags are pretty ordinary! | Source
The final result a refreshing and healthy summer drink!
The final result a refreshing and healthy summer drink! | Source

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Comments 16 comments

lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Simply delicious! I could drink one of these right now. Great hub!


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks lovedoctor926 I'm glad you liked it!


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catmalone 4 years ago

Very Awesome hub! I love green tea, now I have to try it with some orange mint. Sound and look very refreshing.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Great tip about growing mint! I hadn't realized it was such an... enthusiastic plant!


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Simone and what makes it an easy herb to grow is also its curse lol! I planted some in a whiskey barrel for the first time this year, in order to contain it, and it's already overflowing the barrel!


topaz blue 4 years ago

Great pictures and hub!

Topaz Blue


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I enjoy green tea daily. It is best to enhance the flavor by adding a favorite touch of fruit or juice. Thanks for sharing about your mint barrel which sounds lovely. Growing plants for food use is always fun and useful.


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

thanks for the comment starstream, i'll have to try adding fruit juice to my tea, I seem to favor citrus with green tea, for me it goes well together. I agree even just growing one plant for food use is great, more people should do it!


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Bettyoverstreet10 4 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

I have green tea, now I need to go and buy the mint. I had Chocolate mint last year but none of the orange variety! Love your writings! Betty


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Bettyoverstreet10 I'm glad you're enjoying my hubs and you definitely have to try the orange mint it's awesome!


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Voted UP and Useful and shared.

Warm weather is not far away so I am going to be preparew with lots of good summer beverage recipes, and this looks like a great one.

DON


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BWD316 3 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Don! I can't wait to be enjoying a nice refreshing drink in the warm weather!!! Bring on spring and summer! If you let it sit overnight it will have a stronger flavor! Thanks for commenting and sharing!


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

This sounds delicious! I have never tried iced green tea, but only hot green tea. I'm glad you gave me a new idea to try. I also think it is great you are growing herbs. Peppermint is another one that is so good for you. Voted up and useful.


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BWD316 3 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Gail! And if you like hot green tea you will definitely love iced green tea, it's not as strong! And yes I can't wait for the snow to melt and my mint to start growing again! I have so many new ideas to use it in drinks! I hope you enjoy this recipe!


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KDeus 3 years ago from Florida

It's so hot here in Florida and I think I just found the perfect cool-me-down! I am definitely going to try this Orange Mint Iced Green. Voted up, shared, and pinned! And, happy 2 year anniversary! #happy2years


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BWD316 3 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks KDeus! I hope you enjoy it and it cools you off! Mint is supposed to be excellent for cooling the body, add in some ice tea and it's a mini break from the heat!

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