Mint Tisane

A refreshing cool drink on a hot summer day.

Story

I made the mistake of planting mint in my garden, instead of in a pot. So now it its taking over my whole garden!! Talk about a weed! So what to do? Make Mint Tisane! Tisane is another name for herbal tea – a simple process of infusing boiled water with the herb or herbs of your choice. There is no caffeine in this drink, as we are not infusing actual black or green tea. Although, you can if you want and then you can call it Mint Tea, which I have also done before. Of course then it is mint-flavored tea, and not as delicate as the tisane. The tisane is light and refreshing, with just a hint of mint. My kids love to eat the mint right out of the garden, so this drink, which they call “mint water” was naturally accepted by them. They ask me to make it often.

Ingredients

3 bunches of fresh mint (I mean, a lot!!!)
1 gallon of water
12 bags of black or green tea (optional)* – to make “tea” not “tisane”

Instructions

Bring one gallon of water to boil. Meanwhile, rinse the mint and remove any dead leaves. When the water comes to a boil, remove from heat. Place the mint in the pot and let steep for at least 20 minutes. If you want to make the full-flavored, caffeinated-tea, then add the (optional) tea bags as well. When done steeping, remove the mint (and tea bags) and discard.

Add some ice cubes to cool the water, but not too much to water down the flavor.  I made the mistake of pouring hot tea into a glass pitcher before. Do not do this! It will crack! When cool enough, poor into a pitcher    and serve with a little more ice, if needed.