Mint belongs to the rather large Lamiaceae family - a family that is full of those highly aromatic herbs such as basil, sage, thyme and rosemary. It is also known for its digestive problems and considering some might have over-indulged over the New Year, some type of soothing non-alcoholic beverage is in order.
I've turned to the pages of a fun book called Slurp and their recipe for a mint and ginger iced tea. It also uses the delicately fragrant jasmine tea as well as fresh ginger and lime. While I've served it iced, those in cooler climes should be able to enjoy this as a warming tonic.
Mint and Ginger Iced Tea
1½ tablespoons jasmine tea
4 slices of fresh ginger, peeled
1 lime, sliced
fresh mint sprigs
1 litre boiling water
fresh mint sprigs, extra
The amount of ginger, lime, mint and sugar used is really up to your own flavour preference so feel free to play around with the quantities.
Place the ginger, lime, mint and tea into a jug and pour over with the boiled water. Let this steep for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture into a clean jug and add sugar to taste.
Set it aside to cool.
To serve, place ice and fresh mint sprigs into glass and top with the cooled tea mixture.
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