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MEADOW TEA

MEADOW TEA
By Anne Landefeld on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 2:45am

Bring to a boil:
2 cups sugar ( I skimp on the sugar! )
4 cups water

Pour over:
2 cups mint leaves, packed (and thoroughly washed!)
2 sliced lemons
Let stand overnight. Strain off concentrate and store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, pour into a gallon container and fill with water and ice.
*This freezes well! I usually cut all of my tea at once, and make several batches. I store the concentrate in quart sized containers, and they each make one gallon of delicious Meadow Tea! This is a famous tea in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
We call it Meadow Tea, I guess, because it is often found growing wild along the edge of the meadow. While I do have some “wild” tea, the leaves that I use come from plants that I purchased at a local greenhouse and planted where I wanted it. There are lots of varieties available to choose from. ( I think mine was actually called Chocolate Mint) I now have enough tea to feed the entire neighborhood…it spreads that quickly. Another method to make Meadow Tea:
1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil
2. Add a large handful of tea leaves, rinsed
3. Let them steep for about 30 minutes
4. Remove leaves and drain the “tea”
5. Add 1/2 cup sugar and stir until dissolved
6. This makes enough concentrate for 1 gallon of tea
This recipe is much quicker to make, the tea is much lighter in color, and it’s not nearly so sweet!

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