Recipe for Meadow Tea

If you've ever grown mint before, then you know that given the opportunity it will spread and take over the bed where it resides. We had a big patch of it that grew at the edge of my childhood home and my mom would literally do nothing to it and it would just grow and spread like crazy. The best thing to do with large amounts of fresh mint? Make Meadow Tea, of course!

Meadow Tea is one of those things I grew up drinking and seeing at local farmer's markets but I never realized that it was such a regional drink in Lancaster County, PA. We are known for having a large PA Dutch population and apparently they are the ones that dubbed this mint iced tea, "meadow tea." It makes sense when you let mint grow free, it does look like a meadow. 

If you love mint then you will love this classic PA Dutch recipe. It is easy to make, the hardest part is waiting while it steeps since that takes a few hours, depending on how strong you like your tea. It's a great all-natural drink to enjoy on hot summer days.

For those of you in the Lancaster, PA area, I am hosting a Potted Herb Garden Workshop this coming Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at 10:00am in Lititz.  At the workshop we will be planting little potted herb gardens and each guest will have a choice of 2-3 herbs from a variety, and one of the options is mint! We will also decorate little plant markers, enjoy some snacks, and a lesson on caring for our herb plants from Natalie of A Tiny Traveler Blog and Oakmoss Collective. Tickets are just $25 and include absolutely everything that you will need to make a cute and usable herb garden for your home. If you'd like, you can even plant some mint to make your own meadow tea! For more information and to reserve your spot, click here! Space is limited and tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Ticket sales close at May 12th at 6:00pm EST.