See that bee?

He was not happy about the half-cup of honey in my tea.

How do I know? Because about 10 seconds after I took this photo, he flew up inside my shirt sleeve and gave me a  sting that made me see Jesus.

Still, totally worth it.

This is my absolute favorite way to make green tea – steeped with ginger and mint, sweetened with honey and chilled with plenty of ice. It has a perfume and a flavor all its own. Sweet, summery and seductive.

Just be sure to drink it indoors. Those bees hold grudges.

Iced Tea with Ginger and Mint

From “Real Simple” (June 2001)

Serves 6

  • 3 ounces ginger, unpeeled and sliced
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 6 green-tea bags
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Bring the water and ginger to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. As soon as it starts to boil, remove the pan from heat, and add the mint and tea bags. Cover, and let the tea steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the tea into a large pitcher or other container.
  3. Stir in the honey and lemon juice, and let the tea cool to room temperature.
  4. When the tea has cooled, place it in the refrigerator to completely chill. Serve in tall glasses over ice cubes and more mint leaves.