Southern Sweet Tea with Lemon and Mint

4.2 from 5 votes

Great for any occasion, fresh mint and lemon are the perfect compliments for this southern sweet tea.

Southern Sweet Tea with Lemon and Mint

Grab your party hat and throw on your prettiest dress because today we are throwing a Sweet Southern Boy Virtual Baby Shower for my dear friend Nikki! She and her beautiful family are expecting their second son next month and I couldn't be more thrilled for them.

Nikki at Taste of Michigan - The Lemon Bowl

Nikki and I had the opportunity to meet last year when she drove her family across the country to attend Taste of Michigan. (That's her with the white jacket and the sassy boots!) As it turns out, she grew up just 30 minutes away from me here in Grand Rapids. From the minute she arrived to the farmer's market I was drawn in to her gorgeous eyes, vibrant personality and beaming smile. She was newly pregnant and truly glowing.

Lebanese Meat Pies - The Lemon Bowl

In addition to our Michigan connection, we also share a major love of Middle Eastern food because her husband is Syrian just like me! From cabbage rolls to sfeehas (meat pies) to stuffed kusa - we both can't get enough. This past Valentine's Day when most Americans were dining on steak and lobster, my girl Nikki was making her hubby a Syrian feast -- she's truly  a woman after my own heart!!

Last but not least, did you know she's famous? She recently interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama and got to hang out with Rachael Ray... no bigs.

HAPPY BABY SHOWER NIKKI!! You're my sista from another mista and I am so excited for this new chapter in your life!!

xoxo,
Liz

Sparkling Sweet Tea with Lemon and Mint - The Lemon Bowl

Southern Sweet Tea with Lemon and Mint

4.2 from 5 votes
Great for any occasion, fresh mint and lemon are the perfect compliments for this southern sweet tea.
PREP: 30 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins
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Servings: 16

Ingredients
 

  • 12 tea bags (such as Lipton black tea)
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup mint infused simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 lemon
  • club soda
  • ice cubes
  • mint sprigs (garnish)
  • slices lemon (garnish)

Mint Infused Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • cup sugar
  • 12 mint sprigs (stem on)

Instructions
 

  • Place tea bags in the bottom of a large pitcher and cover with boiling water. Let steep for 30 minutes.
  • While tea is steeping, make the mint infused simple syrup by pouring boiling water over sugar and mint sprigs. Stir with a fork to dissolve sugar and gently press on mint leaves to release flavor and natural oils. Allow syrup to cool, about 15 minutes.
  • Once tea has steeped, remove tea bags and add 3 quarts of cold water. Strain the simple syrup to remove the mint sprigs and add to the tea.
  • Juice half of the lemon and add to the tea. Slice the remaining half for garnish.
  • To serve, fill glasses with ice and fill 2/3 of the way with tea. Top each glass off with a splash of club soda and garnish with a lemon slice and extra mint sprigs.

Notes

For easy removal of the tea bags, tie all 12 together in a knot before adding to the pitcher. Want to kick this recipe up a notch? Splash in a bit of vodka before serving. Sweet tea or citron flavors would be great.

Nutrition

Calories: 33kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgFiber: 0gSugar: 8.4g
DID YOU TRY THIS RECIPE? Mention @thelemonbowl or tag #thelemonbowl! I would LOVE to see!

38 thoughts on “Southern Sweet Tea with Lemon and Mint”

  1. I love seeing all the surprise guest posts for baby showers and weddings etc. So fun!! Stunning photo of the drink too - sounds so refreshing! I seriously drink a gallon of iced tea every day all summer long, so you know I am adding this to my list to make!!

  2. This drink is so perfect for warm spring and summer temps. Thank you so much for brining it to Nikki's shower. I know she'd love it and I can't wait to make it myself!

    1. I'm so glad you like it!! I'll admit as a Michigander I am not very familiar with Southern food but I love tea!! :) Thanks for hosting!!

      1. I know it's sold in Ohio, but I know that's not the same as Michigan. If you ever do see it, though, try it. I'm not sure if you shop at Wal-Mart (i don't anymore) but they may be your best bet because I *think* walmart carries it nation-wide.

        1. Me too!! I was bummed ours hasn't started growing yet - normally it grows like weeds and we have to get rid of it (and you know I love cooking with mint!!)

      2. How fun! I just love these virtual baby showers. All of the recipes look amazing! And this tea, I've definitely got to make it soon. Growing up with family in the South, I only drink my tea sweetened! This looks delicious and refreshing, Liz!

      3. This looks amazing! I got really excited when I saw this in our shower line up. :) Making it today! It looks so fresh and springy. Good thing I just stocked up on fresh mint!

      4. You hit my sweet spot with this drink, Liz! Thank you!!! Really glad we've connected in this fun crazy loving blogging world of ours. :) Looking forward to more trips to Michigan to hang with you, and explore more of GR's wonderful food scene together! (And, you are too sweet with your kind words! I was definitely drawn to YOU immediately, as well!) xoxo

        1. Awww I'm so glad to call you a friend. Enjoy your special day!!! Wish we were celebrating in person!!! Can't wait to see you in person this Spring!! xoxo

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