So refreshing, so smooth and flavorful, you'll likely never be able to enjoy the commercially available iced tea imitations. They usually are way too sweet, and the taste is too diluted.
It will impress your guests!
2 tablespoons of looseleaf organic green tea (Sencha type is what I usually get)
2 tablespoons of looseleaf organic Mint (dry)
Pour 4 cups of almost boiling water over the leaves, let infuse for about 15 minutes.
Strain out the leaves,pouring the liquid into a regular sized pitcher.
Add half a cup of organic brown sugar while it's still hot, and blend well.
Add water until pitcher is full or until it tastes like you want it to. Be sure to taste it before you fill it all the way up, especially the first time you make it. You might need to add more sugar at this point, but don't overdo it,. or you'll drown the subtle tastes of tea and mint. The cold temperature seems to improve the feeling of sweetness.
I place my pitcher of tea in the freezer until it's frozen on the top, then I put it in the refrigerator, or drink it right away.
•Adding Mint seems to turn this Iced tea into a powerful diuretic, especially for new drinkers of green tea. Prepare to "go" often if you drink more than a glass...
•This stuff is addicting, and not only for taste.
If you're not used to drinking green tea regularly, and fall in love with the taste of this Iced Tea, make sure you don't drink a whole pitcher per day for a few days, then stop drinking it suddenly.
I learned by experience that the withdrawal symptoms are real. Nothing too serious, but annoying nonetheless: a medium headache.