FRESH MINT TEA PROVIDES A PERFECT AFTERNOON BREAK
One of our most favorite things about Europe is the time taken out of the day to recoup and regroup over a cuppa tea or coffee (frequently accompanied by a piece of cake). Always served in either a glass mug or a tall glass with a spoon, but never in a concealing opaque mug, the green leaves are to be oohed and aaahed over. Fresh sprigs of vibrant, green mint are placed into the glass, not stuffed or muddled, and boiling water is poured over (note that boiling water is used – we will address regular tea at another time). The mint stays in the glass the whole time, and even when the glass is tipped to drink, they never slosh out. The perfect cup of fresh mint tea.
A favorite stop for some downtime in Cologne
A place we frequent in Cologne is Hinz und Kunz. It is located in the section called Lindenthal on the Dürener Straße. From breakfast to lunch, this is a favorite place. The fresh mint tea is fresh, there is no other word to define it. The steam wafts through the restaurant and starts to calm frayed shopping nerves before it hits the table. A cookie is always served on the side, so if you feel a piece of cake is more than you can handle, you do get a sweet nibble to tide you over.
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To make Fresh Mint Tea at home-
- 6-8 sprigs of fresh mint
- boiling water
- sugar or honey, optional
Clean and trim dry ends of mint sprigs. The sprigs should be about 4-6 inches in length.
Place into a glass mug or tempered glass (or use a metal spoon when pouring the water to absorb some heat and not break the glass).
Bring water to a boil. Yes a real rolling, kettle-whistling boil.
Pour over the mint in the mug or glass.
Serve with honey or sugar for sweetening.
And do not forget the cookie or biscuit on the side.