Iced Mint Tea

Recipe By : The Wide, Wide World of Texas Cooking ISBN 0-517-120089

1 cup bruised green mint leaves
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
6 tea bags OR 12 teaspoons tea leaves
12 cups boiling water
lemon or orange slices -- if desired
fresh mint leaves

Combine mint, sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan. Simmer 10 minutes. Set aside. Place tea bags in pottery bowl and pour on boiling water. Let stand until cool. Remove tea bags. Strain sugar syrup into cooled tea. Refrigerate. When cold, pour into tall glasses with chunks of ice or cubes. Garnish glasses with slices of lemon or orange and sprigs of fresh mint leaves.

Makes about 18 glasses

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