Thursday, April 3, 2014

a cool idea for summer: frozen mint tea

Summers here in the Philippines are scalding, so surviving one means having to think of clever ways to beat the heat.  Frozen mint tea is one of the smartest ideas ever.

Mint has a sweet taste that delivers a cooling sensation, and it's real nice when it's ice-cold.

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  1. Make mint tea.
    (Boil water, pour over fresh mint leaves; cover for 3 minutes, strain.)

  2. Freeze.

  3. Stick in blender for a refreshing drink.

Sometimes I like to turn it into a sorbet of sorts.  I don't have an ice cream maker, so I have to do things the creative way:

  1. Make mint tea.  Pour into a container with a cover.

  2. Add sugar.  Maybe milk too, and/ or a tiny bit of citrus.

  3. Cover and place in freezer.  Break it up with a spoon every 30 minutes or so to keep it from completely solidifying.

It's a really divine treat for a scorching afternoon. Mint tea cools and refreshes, and it also relaxes, so it's perfect for when you're winding down in the evening.  It aids sleep, lifts your mood, clears the sinuses and promotes healthier skin, too.

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Please keep it nice. :) Thanks.