Or if I was feeling especially energetic, I would find my tea strainer and dig that bag of dried peppermint tea out of the back of the cupboard.
But honestly? There’s nothing like tea made with a handful of fresh mint. And almost overnight my fresh mint went from a few brave looking tiny leaves to a whole barrel of this.
Mint is one of those things that the more you pick it, the more it seems to grow, so I dove right in. Here’s all you do: Take about 4 or five good-sized stalks of mint. (Stalk might not be the technical term, but you know what I mean.) Now go find that teapot that I know you have somewhere. I have one that fits about 4 cups of hot water which is just about perfect. Fill it up with hot water and let it sit for a few minutes to warm the pot up (this is going to keep your tea warm for longer, which is a wonderful thing).
Now put a kettle of water on and wait until it is boiling merrily away. Pour the hot water out of your nice warm teapot. Now take those mint stalks and roll them between your palms a few times. This is going to release the mint oil in the leaves, and is also going to make your hands smell like summertime. Pop the mint, stems and all, into your warm teapot, pour the boiling water over them until your teapot is full, and put the top on.
Now comes the hard part…you have to wait for FIVE full minutes to give your mint time to steep. Five minutes. Go fold one load of laundry and come back – I know you have one. By this time you have a pot of delicately light green, gently, deliciously mint-flavored tea. Take a deep sniff of it before you take that first sip…ahhhhhhh. I like mine with just a teeny bit of sugar in it, but just plain mint is perfectly wonderful too.
One last little note: if you are lucky enough to have a tea cozy to put over your teapot, this is the time to bring it out. A good friend of mine made me one (made me one!!) and when I put it on my pot of fresh mint tea, I feel like everything is right with the world.
And with that, it’s tea-time!
Lemonade Mint Tea, from Framed Cooks
Minted Fresh Peas, from Leite’s Culinaria
Chocolate Mint Cookies, from Framed Cooks