This month’s tea is again perfect for cold and hot days: peppermint tea. This tea comes in various forms. Pure, with honey, with honey and lemon juice, just with lemon juice and even with honey, lemon juice and pepper.
I love the smell of peppermint. Be it dried and grinded or fresh. Of course, I favor using fresh peppermint. The good thing is that peppermint is rather easy to cultivate. Even better, there are many different types of peppermint, each having a slightly different aroma and flavour. This reminds me that I need to get some seeds =).
When I have a sore throat I often go for peppermint tea with honey. The smell alone can alleviate some of the pain (almost^^). Just put some fresh peppermint in a cup or pot and then pour boiling water over it and let it steep for about 10 minutes. You can also keep the peppermint in the water if you don’t mind.
When it comes to the cold version, there are more ways to prepare a delicious and cold peppermint tea. Some 15 years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to his way of preparing it. Peppermint with lemon juice and pepper. This is a very refreshing drink during hot days. Put some fresh (or dried peppermint) in a pot and then pour boiling water over it and let it steep again for 10 minutes. Then, you need to cool it down and then put it in the fridge or freezer. Before, add some lemon or lime juice and a dash of pepper. I also like to add honey to the mix. I like the different flavours. It is refreshing, sweet, sour and on top of it the taste of fresh peppermint. However, you can always drink it pure.
With a glass of cold peppermint tea, I am prepared. Let summer come!