I have a mint patch with aspirations to take over the world, one garden at a time. So, before it achieves that, I thought I would put a few handfuls of it to good use.
Mint tea sounds nice, but mint, basil and lemon with some honey sounds like a summer dream in a hammock.
Mint and Basil Sun tea
2 quarts water (I used filtered, but tap or stream water will be good too I am sure)
2 handfuls of mint
1 handful basil
1/4 cup honey
2 lemons – juiced
I am taking these measurements as a start as I expect to need more lemon or mint or something (vodka?!).
Wash the herbs and give them a squeeze to release the herby flavour.
Mix everything together and put the tea in a sealed glass jar or two and stand it in the sun for a couple of hours to brew. I would think this would also work in the fridge, but then you would have to call it ‘fridge tea’ to avoid misleading people.
The tea is a success!
I did give it a good shake and prodded about with the end of a wooden spoon to get as much flavour out as I could. Just the right amount of mint and lemon, maybe a bit more basil needed. My basil patch needs to be a little more plentiful first.
Now, what else could I use? Lavender? Rosemary? Lots of possibilities. Now I just need that hammock!