Technically, it's still winter here in Australia, but in the afternoons these days when I sit in my sun-drenched backyard, it's easy to pretend it's summer. And because my mint plant has gone a bit wild in this unseasonably warm weather, I decided to make myself this refreshing strawberry mint tea drink to enjoy.
I'm still on a sugar-free diet and have only recently been introduced to agave nectar as a natural sugar substitute. It tastes pretty good actually; when used in small quantities it is mild and delicately sweet. I especially love it when this drink is given enough time to cool in the fridge for the tea and nectar to soak into the strawberries - sort of like a margarita without the alcohol. Yum.
6-8 strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/4 cup mint leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey, if you like)
5 English breakfast tea bags
1/2 cup ice
1. Steep tea bags and half the mint leaves in 600 ml boiling water for 10 minutes.
2. Remove tea bags and strain, discarding mint leaves. Add agave nectar and lemon juice, stir to combine and allow to cool to room temperature.
3. Add ice to bottom of serving jug or pitcher, top with strawberries and remaining mint leaves. Fill to the top with tea.
4. Leave in fridge for 1 hour to cool and for flavors to infuse.