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PA Dutch Meadow Tea - Amish/Mennonite Fresh Mint Iced Tea - Lancaster County - craftycookingmama.com

Meadow Tea - PA Dutch Iced Mint Tea

Amanda
PA Dutch Meadow Tea is a simple, refreshing drink made with fresh mint.
4.7 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine PA Dutch, Pennsylvania Dutch
Servings 14

Ingredients
  

  • 3 1/2 quarts water 14 cups
  • 2 packed cups fresh mint whole
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar ***see note***

Instructions
 

  • This recipe makes 3 1/2 quarts of iced tea - enough to fill an average sized "sun tea" jar.
  • Boil water in a large pot.
  • Rinse mint leaves - keep whole. I do this in a colander - inspect and rinse well - I always find lots of sticky little critters on mint.
  • Add mint to pot of boiling water.
  • Cover pot, remove from heat and let steep for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
  • Remove whole mint leaves with a slotted spoon. Let leaves drain and dry in colander. Leaves can be reused once for another batch of tea.
  • Pour tea thru a fine screen into your storage container. I use a handled screen that fits over the top of my sun tea jar and pour/ladle the tea thru. If you don't have a screen you could use a sifter or even a kitchen towel. Please use something - you don't want bits and pieces of leaves floating around.
  • Stir in sugar to taste. ***NOTE*** I prefer a lightly sweetened tea so I add 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup sugar. Local Meadow Tea is made MUCH sweeter - I'd estimate they use 1 cup - 1 1/2 cup sugar. Start with the lower amount of sugar and add in any additional sugar until you reach desired sweetness.
  • Refrigerate, serve cold. Enjoy : )
Keyword drinks, fresh mint, iced tea, meadow tea, mint