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Summer Sips

Katie Schur

As the temperature rises, there's nothing quite like a refreshing cup of cold iced tea. One of my favorite brews captures the summer flavors of strawberry and mint. This recipe fills a 1.7 liter pitcher, but can also be doubled for summer parties. 

Here's what you'll need
- Strawberry-flavored loose leaf tea (I recommend David's Strawberry Rhubarb or Hunter's Strawberry Strudel). I used Hunter's for this batch!
- Tea filters (if you don't have any on hand - just use a mesh sieve to filter out the tea)
- Fresh mint
- Fresh strawberries, halved, hulled and sliced
- Ice tray (see tip below)

Optional:
-Honey (if you like it sweet)

Directions: 
In an electric tea kettle or teapot, boil 1.7 liters of water. While the water is boiling, measure out 2.5 tbsps of loose leaf tea and drop into tea filter. Steep tea in water for about 3 minutes. Remove teabag and let the tea rest. At this point if you like honey, add it now so that it dissolves into the drink. Once the drink has cooled on the counter for about 10-15 minutes, add the strawberries and place in the fridge. If I make a batch of tea in the morning it's ready to drink by the middle of the afternoon which is usually when I'm craving it. Add ice, garnish with extra strawberries and mint. I usually clip a whole sprig of mint and use it as a stirrer with my straw. 

TIP: If you've feeling extra ambitious, try freezing some of the tea in an ice cube tray. After seeing this, I've been experimenting with this technique, and it keeps the tea nice and cool without diluting your drink. Love it!

What's your favorite drink to sip on this summer? Leave us a comment or tag us in your pics on Instagram at @picnicperfectco