Easy Mint Iced Tea

Warm weather is upon us, and what better way to re-hydrate than with a delicious, home-made iced tea that takes minutes to prepare.

Most commercial drinks have too many ingredients that simply aren’t good for you. All you need for this recipe are peppermint-only tea bags, saccharin tablets and water.

Don’t worry, saccharin isn’t the cancer-causing bad guy we were led to believe. Turns out it’s only bad for you if you happen to be a rat; it does not cause cancer in humans. Saccharin was de-listed as a carcinogen by the FDA in 2000, and Canada is in the process of reinstating it as a sweetener in foods. It is the only artificial sweetener approved for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). If you still don’t want to use sacharin, try honey instead, the other SCD-legal sweetener.

Here’s a recipe for mint iced tea. I make two litres (quarts) every day in the summer; it is refreshing and the kids love it. The mint is helpful if you have mild stomach upset. Add fresh-squeezed lemon juice for a boost of vitamin C, or substitute honey, for extra energy. A dash of salt helps replace lost electrolytes.

Easy Mint Iced-Tea
Recipe type: Drink
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Serves: 4
A quick, refreshing, frugal alternative to store-bought drinks.
  • 1 litre (or quart) of good tap or filtered water
  • 1 mint tea bag (I use Celestial Seasonings)
  • 6 saccharin tablets (I use Hermesetas)
  1. Add tea bag and saccharin tablets to a one litre (or quart) glass jar.
  2. Pour cold water into the jar.
  3. Wait a few minutes for the saccharin tablets to dissolve, then stir to distribute.
  4. It is ready to drink in about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the tea bag after one day. Keeps for 2-3 days refrigerated
1. substitute 2 tbsp. honey for the saccharin; mix with hot water first to dissolve before adding to the glass jar, then top up the jar with tap water; 2. add the juice of half a lemon for extra zing and vitamin C (my favourite); 3. add ⅛ tsp of sea salt to replace your electrolytes

Hermesetas can be found in the diabetic section of most drug or grocery stores; sometimes you have to ask, and they will order it for you. Or you can order it online.

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