Amish - Mennonite Meadow Tea

8 Cups
5 hr 10 min

Meadow Tea is a simple refreshing Iced Mint Tea made with fresh mint and enjoyed in Amish and Mennonite communities. Meadow Tea to Mennonites is what Sweet Tea is to Southerners.

Today I am going to show you how to make a delicious mint iced tea also known as Meadow Tea. It is called meadow tea because it's made with fresh mint that grows wild along creek sides and meadows. Meadow tea isn't really a tea, but fresh mint that has been brewed (similar to tea) then sweetened and chilled. The first time I made this tea, I instantly fell in love with it's iced minty flavor. I can honestly see why this tea is loved in Amish and Mennonite communities.

If you have mint growing in your backyard or garden than you know that's it's an invasive herb. Just one little plant can multiply quickly and take over your garden in no time. For this reason I keep my mint plants contained when growing. I grow mint in an old galvanized wash tub that I received from my husbands grandmother about 20 years ago. 

Growing mint in a container is easier to control and maintain. If you have an abundance of mint growing, brewing meadow tea is a simple and delicious way to use up all that pesky mint. Any mint will work, but spearmint is my favorite. Now that I make meadow tea, I finally have a delicious use for all those mint clippings after pruning. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.   

How to make Amish-Mennonite Meadow Tea

Amish - Mennonite Meadow Tea
Recipe details
  • 8  Cups
  • Prep time: 5 Hours Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 5 hr 10 min
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  • 4 - cups (packed) fresh mint (spearmint or peppermint)
  • 2 - quarts water (8 cups)
  • 2 - cups sugar

Gather the fresh mint together and soak and rinse in cold water. Pull the mint leaves off of the stem and set aside.
Sometimes I just leave the mint leaves on the stem and haven't noticed a difference once steeped. It's really a personal preference.
Add the mint leaves to a cheese cloth and gather it together and tie it in a knot.
In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and add the sugar. Lightly boil for 5 minutes.
Add the cheese cloth with the mint leaves into the pot (pressing down to make sure the cheese cloth is completely submerged).
Boil for 1 minute more then remove the pot from the heat. Cover and let steep for 4- 5 hours.
Strain the concentrate and pour into Freezer containers and freeze.
Use approximately 1 part tea concentrate to 3 - 4 parts of water and mix to combine. Serve over ice with or without lemon slice.
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