this drink is chockful of de-lish-ous-ness and many, many memories of my 'mother's drink.' i wish i could remember when she first started making it - i don't - but it very quickly became a family favorite. mom would make it in a concentrated form and freeze it and we could usually count on her to serve 'her drink.' we also served it as an appetizer drink at our youngest daughter's wedding. Vern requested a drink for the tea and i thought of this one, though i hadn't made it for a l-o-n-g time.
an important ingredient for this drink is the tea plant itself. when i was a youngster, we called it meadow tea as it grew wild in meadows and along side of roads and creeks (i'm REALLY walking down memory lane now!). meadow tea is a narrow-leaved-purplish-stemmed plant that is invasive (as any tea plant is) and there are peppermint, spearmint and fuzzy-leaved teas. this is the fuzzy-leaved tea, though any tea works for this drink.
Lemon & Orange Iced Tea
1 c. fresh mint tea leaves, packed
1½ c. cold water
blend this and pour through a strainer,
using the liquid (it will be very green)
1- 1½ cup sugar
1 (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate
1 (6 oz) frozen orange concentrate
add enough water and ice to make one gallon drink
(if used as a concentrate, add three parts water to one part concentrate)
*note from my mother:
this is a very refreshing drink!