Our Mint Tea is a wonderfully refreshing drink that can be enjoyed hot or iced.
Serves: 4 to 6
Traditionally prepared in a round-bellied metal teapot called a bred, this sweet green tea can also be made in any 4- to 6-cup (1- to 1½- quart/liter) tea kettle or pot that can be heated on the stove.
- 1½ to 2 tablespoons loose Chinese gunpowder green tea, or to taste
- 5 cups boiling water
- 3 to 4 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
- 1 large bunch fresh mint
- Garnish: additional mint sprigs
- Measure the tea into the pot and add 1 cup boiling water. Leave to stand for 1 minute and then pour off and discard the water. (The tea leaves stay in the pot.)
- Add the remaining 4 cups boiling water and place the pot on the stove.
- When the water is just beginning to gently bubble, add the mint and the sugar and make sure they are fully submerged. Bring back to a simmer and then remove from the stove.
- Place one or two sprigs of mint in each glass for garnish, if desired, and pour the tea into the glasses from a height. Refill the glasses when required.