Under 30 Minutes

Licorice Mint Iced Tea

Peppermint ranks high among America's favorite types of mint tea, but you can substitute equal amounts of any variety for this recipe.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Yunhee Kim

Source: Body+Soul, July/August 2006

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried licorice root
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup dried peppermint leaves
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the licorice and cinnamon; lower to a simmer, partially cover the pot, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in peppermint, cover, and steep for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place a large strainer lined with cheesecloth or a damp paper towel over another pot or heatproof bowl. Strain tea, pressing on herbs to extract all liquid. Stir in honey until dissolved and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Fill four tall glasses with ice. Pour tea over ice and garnish each glass with a mint sprig, if desired. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Feel free to experiment with flavors such as chocolate mint, orange mint, pineapple mint, or spearmint -- or combine several types for a more complex, rich brew.

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