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For as long as I can remember, I have been making and drinking iced tea. Whether it is sun tea that was made in a jar on the front porch or in a teapot on the stove. There is nothing better than drinking an ice-cold glass of iced tea in the summer during the hot months. My Dad being raised in the South was always a big sweet tea drinker, which I was also raised on. What could be more Southern than Bigelow Tea.
I have so many memories of being a kid and hanging out with my Dad on a Sunday morning while he would wash the car in the drive way or spend the afternoon working in the garden. There were always iced tea breaks. Over the years as I’ve gotten older my love for iced tea hasn’t wavered and now I like to make flavored teas. One of my favorite flavor combinations is Strawberry Mint Tea. I was really excited to find the Plantation Mint flavor of Bigelow Tea at Walmart. I’m not a fan of peppermint tea, but this is the perfect combination of tea and mint. It’s like the sweet mint I grow in my Garden. I love how refreshing the mint is. It takes the flavor of the tea to another level.
When I moved to North Carolina, one of the things I heard all about was Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation. Guests are invited to tour the grounds which is a unique way to experience historic Southern culture and a living piece of American history! This is on my list of stops to make next time I travel to Charleston.
- Iced Tea
- 2 Plantation Mint Tea Bags
- 1 Regular Black Tea Bag
- Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1C Water
- 1C granulated Sugar
- 1½ C strawberries, hulled and sliced
- Heat a teapot of water on the stove top until boiling. Then steep the tea bags in a pitcher or container until cool.
- In a medium sauce pan, combine water, sugar and sliced strawberries. Gently stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. Skim off foam and discard. Reduce to a low simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Pour contents into a mesh strainer, allowing the liquid to drain. Discard the strawberries. Cool to room temperature and it is ready to use or store!
Whenever I have company over now, I love to make a batch of tea. It’s a great drink to serve whether you want it to be classy or dressed down. You can serve it in a mason jar or a sugar rimmed glass! I love how Summery this is and how the possibilities for flavor combinations are endless. Leave a comment below and tell me your flavor combination ideas!