Enjoying A Cold, Sugar-Free Minty Beverage

by Texas Homesteader ~

When it’s summertime in NE Texas, it’s hot, hot, HOT! RancherMan used to drink way too many colas as his beverage of choice. But it was so unhealthy. And expensive. And produced lots of trash.

So I started brewing him Sun Tea. It was a good change! RancherMan got to enjoy a much lower-cost beverage that was healthier for him. And the only waste was the tea bag which I placed in my compost.

But recently I was looking at my chocolate mint bed which is doing VERY well #thankyouverymuch. A little too well actually. It’s spreading in places I’d rather it not grow. So I was thinning the runners and it smelled so dang good. I wondered if I can use it for a refreshingly-cold minty drink?

I've got chocolate mint growing outside & a gorgeous Stevia plant too. Why not brew it into a refreshingly cold, sweetened minty beverage? #TexasHomesteader

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So I brought in the chocolate mint trimmings and washed & stripped the leaves. I measured out a cup packed tightly with them.

Then I crushed the leaves between my hands to release even more minty flavor. I dropped those crushed leaves into my sun tea jar.

RancherMan’s Sweet Tooth

But RancherMan likes sweet drinks. I’ve got that gorgeous Stevia plant growing right outside for sugar-free sweetener whenever I want it. Why not put it to use here?

So I pulled about a 10-12″ stem of Stevia & washed and stripped those leaves as well, crushing them and adding them to the jar.

Brewing The Minty Beverage Using Only The Sun

I placed my fancy-schmancy Sun Tea jar (aka: repurposed picante sauce jar) into that hot Texas sun for about 6 hours. Your time may vary depending upon the intensity of the sun.

I've got chocolate mint growing outside & a gorgeous Stevia plant too. Why not brew it into a refreshingly cold, sweetened minty beverage? #TexasHomesteader

When the minty beverage was fully brewed it was about the same color as brewed green tea. So I brought it in, strained out the leaves and served a icy glass of this minty delight to RancherMan, asking him what he thought.

RancherMan’s Reaction

  • “That’s pretty good. Sweet, very minty with a hint of chocolate.” he said.
  • “Wow. That’s REALLY good!” he continued.
  • “I’d absolutely drink that – brew more next time instead of the regular tea!” he exclaimed.

Well I’d say that was a raving endorsement!

So in essence… I’ve completed some ‘weeding’ chores in my landscape beds while also being able to provide RancherMan a refreshing, sugar-free sweet minty beverage for absolutely FREE?

Yes please!

Here’s the ‘recipe’ in case you want to try it yourself!

Course Drinks
Keyword beverage, mint, stevia, sugar free

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves - washed, crushed & tightly packed (I use chocolate mint)
  • 1 10" - 12" Stem Fresh Stevia, leaves washed, stripped & crushed

Instructions

Instructions:

  1. Rinse fresh mint stems & strip leaves. Pack 1 cup tightly with mint leaves to measure. Then crush leaves between your hands and drop the crushed mint leaves into your jar.

  2. Repeat procedure with the stem of fresh Stevia.

  3. When all is added to your sun tea jar, finish filling jar with approximately 4-5 cups filtered water. Set tea jar in the sun & allow sun to 'brew' mint for about 6-8 hours. (depending upon sun intensity) Brewed liquid will be the color of brewed green tea.

  4. Strain out leaves and pour liquid into a glass filled with ice and enjoy!

~TxH~

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