Strawberry Spearmint Lemonade Tea

A jar of lemonade with lemons and spearmint

This delicious herbal tea is a fun twist on the standard summer iced tea, and a great way to use up your fresh garden mint.

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) has some amazing benefits in addition to tasting delicious…

  • Antispasmodic – eases muscle cramping 
  • Antimicrobial – helps to fight viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
  • Carminative – helps to relieve gas, griping, and spasms
  • Digestive – supports digestion 
  • Diaphoretic – helps to promote perspiration
  • Nervine relaxant – helps calm tension and irritability in the nervous system 
  • Nervine stimulant – helps stimulate the nervous system
  • Topical analgesic – used externally to ease pain

There are a few things you should be aware of when harvesting fresh herbs. First, be aware of the time of day you are harvesting. The most concentrated amount of oils are in the plant at the heat of the day. The absolute best time to harvest is the day after a rain, when the sun is the hottest.

When it comes to plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae family), they grow prolifically. Giving them a healthy trim benefits you and your crop. When I harvest mint, I leave approximately 6 inches of growth behind to allow for plenty of future harvests that season.

Back to the recipe….

Spearmint itself doesn’t have an overwhelming flavor to it. I find that the best way to maximize the flavor is to do a hot infusion of spearmint first and then cool it. Cold infusion takes longer, and if you have kids anxiously awaiting, hot infusion definitely makes the process faster too. I also add the lemons during the infusion process to pull the properties out of the lemon rind as well.

While the mixture is still warm, I add the can sugar and strawberry syrup. Doing this while it’s warm helps the sugar to dissolve and everything to fully incorporate. A note: if you don’t have homemade strawberry syrup, pureeing a bit of strawberry jam will do just fine.

Then we quick cool by topping off the gallon jar with a lot of ice.

Serving this fresh is delicious but my personal favorite is having it the next day after it has spent the night in the fridge. Oh, and I couldn’t tell you how long this will keep in the fridge, because it doesn’t last more Tham 2 days in our house.

Check out the printable recipe card below and the YouTube video for a step by step of how to harvest spearmint, and make this delicious summer drink.

Enjoy!

Jen

Yield: 1 Gallon

Strawberry Spearmint Lemonade Tea

Strawberry Spearmint Lemonade Tea

A refreshing herbal twist on your average summer iced tea.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of fresh spearmint leaves (can use 1 1/2 c dried)
  • 3 lemons
  • 1/2 c strawberry syrup or pureed strawberry jam
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 3 quarts water
  • Gallon jar

Instructions

  1. Steep lemon slices and spearmint leaves in hot water, covered, for 15 minutes
  2. Strain and squeeze the juice from the lemons
  3. Add strawberry syrup
  4. Add can sugar
  5. Mix thoroughly and top off gallon jar with ice

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