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Cucumber Mint Iced Tea

When I was a child, I did not like iced tea. At all.  As a grown-up, I have gradually learned to love iced tea and its goodness. I am sharing with you one of the greats: cucumber mint iced tea.


One of my favorite treats is the water that the spa I go to serves us while waiting. It is cucumber and mint, and so refreshing that I probably drink more than my fair share when I go.  I knew that combining this refreshing drink into another refreshing drink: iced tea, would result in the ultimate of summer drinks!


Iced teas are served all over the world. I am crazy about iced chai tea, and it is another summer drink I look forward to. That creamy goodness is almost as good as ice cream!  The first printed recipes for iced tea appear in the 1870s (Wikipedia) and it looks like it was as popular then as it is now. Iced tea is so popular that the iced tea spoon made its appearance around the time of the St. Louis World's Fair. The tall handle made it perfect for stirring in additional sugar, if needed.

Anyone else in love with this vintage pitcher? It belonged to my mother-in-law and when she moved from her home, I was happy to give it a new home with me. I believe it is Anchor Hocking but I can't find anything quite like it online to confirm that.


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Author: Terri Steffes

Cucumber Mint Iced Tea

A refreshing drink inspired by the delicious spa water at Riversong Spa, Jefferson City, MO.
prep time: cook time: 8 Mtotal time: 8 M

ingredients:

  • 6-8 regular sized tea bags, more if you like your tea darker
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cucumber sliced into 1/8 inch slices
  • 2 full springs of mint

instructions:

How to cook Cucumber Mint Iced Tea

  1. Place the tea bags in a pitcher of water and set outside for 1-4 hours. The longer time will result in a deeper tea flavor.
  2. Boil the water and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved. 
  3. Let cool completely. 
  4. Slice the cucumber in 1/8 inch slices.
  5. When the tea is done, muddle the cucumbers and mint with a little sugar and drop into the tea.  
  6. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Fill a glass with ice.  Insert a few cucumber slices and a sprig of mint. 
  8. Pour tea into glass, sweeten with simple syrup.

NOTES:

You can make the simple syrup up to a week in advance. The nutritional information below does not include any simple syrup in the tea.
Calories
6.53
Fat (grams)
0.03
Sat. Fat (grams)
0.01
Carbs (grams)
1.69
Fiber (grams)
0.13
Net carbs
1.57
Sugar (grams)
0.58
Protein (grams)
0.16
Sodium (milligrams)
0.60
Cholesterol (grams)
0.00
Created using The Recipes Generator

I made this tea graphic a couple of years ago and thought I would reshare it with you!  I originally published it with this amazing Peach Basil Iced Tea.

Check out these other refreshing Iced Tea recipes for National Iced Tea Month:

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  1. This sounds delicious. My daughter makes some great cucumber mint iced water so I bet it would be even better with tea in it.

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  2. I'm loving the vintage pitcher! I've been an iced tea lover for as long as I remember. I think it's a requirement here in the south. I'm looking forward to trying your cucumber mint iced tea. It looks so refreshing!

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  3. Obviously, I need to use cucumber in my drinks more. I've seen several recipes lately with it. YUM!

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  4. Oh now this sounds like an amazing summer drink. It amazes me how well cucumber works in a drink and how much you can often taste it.

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  5. This looks so refreshing. It would be perfect to make today paired with dinner.

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  6. I am a huge fan of tea and I drink so much iced tea during spring & summer. I'm definitely going to try this recipe!

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  7. This sounds like such a refreshing tea. Love the straws!

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  8. Iced tea is life during the Summer around here. I'll have to try this one out.

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  9. This cucumber mint iced tea sounds really good! I love iced tea during the summer.

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  10. This drink just screams summertime! I drink tea a lot when the weather warms up, so I think I'd love the addition of these flavors!

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  11. Cucumber in tea? That's a new one I might have to try that I mean I do drink it in my water so I am sure it will taste just as refreshing
    Kita

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  12. So refreshing this summer drink! I need to make this for my kid!

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  13. This is certainly a nice and refreshing drink. I love it's fruity flavor and it's taste. This is my kind of drink.

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  14. I love cucumber salad but have never tried it in a drink like this. It looks good. I will have to give that a try ASAP.

    -Lynndee

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  15. This sounds like a great drink. Very refreshing I bet too. I'll have to make this soon.

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  16. I seriously got into tea last year and I've continued through this season. I'll have to try out this mint iced tea version. It looks flavorful!

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  17. I love cucumber, mint, and tea... so this is right up my alley. Thank you so much!

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  18. I grew up drinking iced tea everyday! This sounds very refreshing, i love mint flavor too!

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  19. Wow, I love any drink with mint in it but never even thought to add it to iced tea - this recipe is a must try now! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I grew up on sweet tea because my mom is from Florida. Over the years, I stopped making it, but have recently started enjoying tea again. This seems like one I have to try.

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