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sparkle kitchen: homemade iced lemon mint tea

Tea, when made with the right ingredients, truly does have the power to help and heal. In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story "Animal Hospital", Martin and Sylvia, along with some help from Momma, worked to gather ingredients for a special healing tea for their sick dog. For Bill-Bill, they chose ingredients specifically with his tummy troubles in mind.

Sometimes even just the ritual of tea can be enough to make little ones and grown-ups feel better. A warm beverage and the care that went into making it, can be just the thing to calm and soothe.

Today, we’re going to show you how to make a fresh tea with simple ingredients. Serve it hot or iced, either way it’ll quench thirsts and spirits.

You Will Need

1 1/2 Quarts of Water

Lemon, Peeled

Handful of Mint

Honey, if desired

What To Do

Start by gathering your supplies. If you have mint growing in your garden, like we do, now is a good time to pick a handful.

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Take your lemon and carefully slice of the peel, leaving behind as much of the bitter pith as you can.

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Bring 1 1/2 quarts of water to a boil.

Add the lemon peel and the mint. Boil for one minute then remove from heat. Let stand for five minutes.

Homemade Lemon Mint Iced Tea | www.sparklestories.com

Strain the tea, removing all the lemon peel and mint.

Serve hot or iced. With honey or without. It’s up to you!

Explore More

What other ingredients would you like to try making a tea with? Test it out!

Make Connections

Martin and Sylvia discovered and labeled many different ingredients for tea that they found in their yard – chamomile, pine needles, chickweed – have you ever had tea made from any of those things? Do you want to? How do you think it might taste?

About the Author

Andrea Folsom
Sparkle Crafts Blogger

Andrea Folsom describes herself as a writer, editor, creative maker, and eternal optimist. She is passionate about learning and sharing new creative techniques, making beautiful spaces, and talking about the social-emotional benefits of creativity and art. She runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Danielle Reiner.

About the Author

Danielle Reiner
Sparkle Crafts Blogger

Danielle Reiner describes herself as a creative, a maker, and a mama. At the heart of her story is creativity, though that hasn’t always been the case. She rediscovered her deeply hidden creativity early in adulthood – with a ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles – and hasn't stopped since. Danielle also runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Andrea Folsom.


About the Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! Series

Saturdays are special days for our creative brother and sister. From enormous art projects in their own backyard to “explorers” adventures up Mooseberry mountain; from mornings of quiet building along the creek, to whole-family canning adventures in the kitchen, the children find fun and inspiration at every turn. With each story you can enjoy two things: A CRAFT or PROJECT on the Sparkle Blog inspired by the week’s story, and a PRINTABLE PROJECT PAGE for more creative fun.