If you’ve ever been to Amish country, you’ve probably heard of or tried Meadow Tea.
I was raised in Amish country, and its probably my #1 favorite drink (well, other then water).
I had a plan to grow out my leg hair really long, quit using deodorant and get an Amish dress so I could infiltrate their community and get the super secret Meadow Tea recipe.
However, I quickly decided that was a ridiculous idea, and figured out their recipe on accident!
You will need:
1 packed cup of fresh cut spearmint (bruised and put in a glass container)
2 cups of water
1 cup of organic unbleached sugar (I like this brand)
Put the sugar and water together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk and boil until all the sugar is dissolved and it becomes syrupy. Pour the syrup (while still boiling) over top of the spearmint. Let it rest until its cooled down. Strain out the leaves and make sure to squeeze them a lot to be sure all of the syrup is out.
This is spearmint simple syrup. (Just like the honey suckle simple syrup I made a few weeks back).
Put approx. 8oz of simple syrup in the bottom of a half gallon container. Then fill it the rest of the way with filtered water and shake it to combine the two. Sip a little bit and make sure its a sweet/minty as you like it and then put it in the fridge overnight.
In the morning it will be cold and delicious!!
If your impatient (like me) and want some tea right away, you can mix 2 or 3 tablespoons of syrup into a glass of cold water.
Add a sprig of mint to garnish and enjoy!
You can also make extra mint syrup while its in season and freeze it to have tea in the off seasons!
P.S. Mint is super easy to grow! I have a pot of it growing in my kitchen I use to make minty things. I dug a few of the runners from my moms mini mint forest she has growing and buried them in a container of organic potting soil. Its growing like crazy.
To anyone who’s had Meadow Tea before, your welcome! This tastes just like Amish are cooking in your kitchen for you!
And to anyone who’s never had authentic Amish Meadow Tea, I’m so sorry you’ve missed out thus far in your life. Make this now!
~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent
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