Stone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint

June 22, 2016

Stone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring Well

I wake up at 5:15am, its already warm. I drink my coffee hot, and prepare my bowl of oatmeal, despite the soon to be climbing temperatures of the day. I set out on my morning run, sweating within minutes. The warm sun energizes my skin, and I’m greeted with a cool breeze once I reach the back bay. I jog up to our front door, an hour and a half later. Face is red, mouth is dry, skin is glistening. I jump into a cold shower, throw on a light pair of shorts and a tee, and head into the kitchen. Its time for some coconut water and a smoothie. Or maybe a yogurt with some fresh plums. These first few hours of the day are my favorite, there is so much potential, so much that “could” happen during this day. Typically I have a routine, one I can bank on making me feel fulfilled. One that makes me feel active, and well rested. Creative, and productive. Loving, and intentional. Since moving into our new home last week, I have yet to find that groove.

The first few hours of the morning go as mentioned, but then I stumble. I make an unwise eating choice and leave my tummy feeling upset. I decide to create a recipe to find the lighting would have been better had I waited a few hours. I brainstorm work that I cannot do because it is just too hot to conjure. I think about how I wish I had ice tea waiting for me in the fridge, only to continually forget to prepare some. Until one afternoon, when a few things aligned and I prepared a few jugs of this cool, summer tea to brew overnight in the fridge. I enjoyed it the following day at noon, when the heat spell was in full effect and I was on the verge of making a poor eating decision. I filled a glass with ice, wedged in as many slices of fresh stone fruit that would fit, and poured over this cooling lemon + mint black ice tea. For a moment I was cool, there was some relief.

I owe my desire to make this ice tea to the beautiful Bri over at Natural Girl Modern World. She posted a video on Snapchat of some market goods last week, one in particular being a unique bottle of blueberry ice tea. The second I heard the words “ice tea” muttered, and an insatiable craving came over me. I started thinking up ice tea combinations while staring down my basket of stone fruit and bundle of mint on the counter. I find lemon and mint to be so cooling and refreshing, whether steeped on their own or with a few bags of black tea. The stone fruit here can be added a bit ahead of time to infuse the tea more, but I add mine when I assemble my glass. They soak up a bit of the tea throughout the sipping, and make for a tasty snack once the glass is empty. I prefer my tea unsweetened, allowing the fruit to shine, but feel free to do this tea up in whatever fashion keeps you cool and calm this summer. I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the process of life. I really am too, despite the emotions winning me over at this moment, they are just emotions.

Life is swell, and I am so grateful. – xo

Stone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring WellStone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring WellStone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring WellStone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring WellStone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring WellStone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring WellStone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring WellStone Fruit Ice Tea w/ Lemon & Mint by Faring Well

Makes 32 ounces of tea.

4 cups filtered water
2 bags of organic black tea
4 slices of lemon, 1/2 inch
8 to 10 mint leaves
freshly sliced stone fruit, I use peaches and nectarines

Combine the water, black tea bags, lemon, and mint in a large glass container. Seal it well and place it in the fridge to brew for 24 to 36 hours. Pour through a mesh strainer, into another jar, to remove the steeping ingredients. Fill a glass with ice, wedge in as many slices of fresh stone fruit as you can, and fill with the cold tea. Drink right away, or let sit for up to 10 minutes to allow the stone fruit to infuse a bit more. Once you’ve finished drinking your glass, be sure to have a fork handy to nibble on the delicious tea-soaked fruit.

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  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha June 22, 2016 at 2:56 am

    I have to try this recipe for my bf, who drinks gallons of iced tea every day :D

  • Reply Melo June 22, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Aaaarg you’ve been reading my mind with this one, though in Belgium we’re (painfully) reviving an awful end-of-fall-like weather (hello continuous rain, cold, and occasional hail storms), I’ve been dreaming of ice-tea to sort of conjure the awfulness of it all! Thank you!

  • Reply Pia June 22, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Despite not being much of a flavored-cold-beverage kind of person , I must say these look awfully refreshing. Also, if those are nectarines (although yellow peaches are damn fine, too), then double thumbs up :)
    Thanks for another lovely post and those beautiful shots, Jess, and I hope your emotions calm down and balance themselves out soon. Until then, breathe and, as they say, “if you cannot change the flow, flow with the change”. Moreover, try not to beat yourself up too much about occasionally making food choices that may not be perfect. You’re human, and as you said, it’s all swell.
    Hugs xxx

  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious June 22, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Absolutely stunning photos and perfectly refreshing drinks to match! Love!!!!

  • Reply Shelley Ludman June 22, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I hear you on the heat girl, its been sweltering here as well! It finally broke with a massive thunderstorm, but I’m going to keep this cold tea in mind for the next heat wave. Totally refreshing and totally gorgeous! I am beyond impressed that not even 1 week into your move and you already have your photography corner set up, and you’re posting recipes. Super woman over there in sunny CA! xx

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life June 22, 2016 at 6:53 am

    This is just gorgeous Jessie! So happy to see the first photos taken from your new home – that light is beautiful! Hope you’re settling in gently and that you’re finding the time to rest and enjoy the first few days of summer! Big hugs. xo

  • Reply Tuulia June 22, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I love, love ice tea. And this one looks so refreshing with all the fruit, I have to try it! And the photos are gorgeous :)

  • Reply Shanna | Kiss My Bowl June 22, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Mmmmm!! Jessie I am loving the look of this iced tea! Beautiful! Stunning! We’re going to be nice and hot this weekend so this will be on our table for surrree!! xx

  • Reply Bri | Natural Girl Modern World June 22, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Jessie, this tea looks so refreshing! And the photos are beautiful. The lighting is…WOW! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. Hope you have a great rest of your week. And who knows, maybe you’ll discover something new (and better) to add to your morning routine:D Change can sometimes feel unsettling, but knowing you, you’ll get into an groove soon – and it’ll be one that keeps your beautiful smile shining bright! Big hugs xx

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout June 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I have a BIG jug of homemade basil lemonade sitting in the fridge right now! It definitely helps in those “it is just toooo hot to do anything” moments. Hope you’re settling in easy, I know it can take some time to get back into your routine <3

  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie June 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Although I wince admitting it, I used to LOVE peach flavored iced tea (like the junky stuff from the corner store). This adult version looks so high vibes and a million times better!

  • Reply Nina - Nourish atelier June 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    That’s my dream drink right now, Jessie, I’ve been thinking about making icea for a while but not getting around too it. This looks just perfect with the peaches, and it’s so beautiful shot, it most be a very beautiful light where you live now. x

  • Reply Gemma June 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    The pictures are really beautiful! The fruit looks so colorful and it makes the tea even more irresistible. I would love to have a tall glass of your iced tea right now since we are having an insanely hot night in Barcelona!


  • Reply Taylor June 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    yummm! also these photos are so beautiful and inspiring. <3

  • Reply Jacqueline June 23, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Just wanted to say that your pictures are stunning! I will defiitely be subscribing, because seriously, beautiful photos are everything! haha <3

  • Reply Sian Therese June 26, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Delicious! Bookmarked for when it’s my turn for summer. Right now, with a small snow fall over the weekend, it’s warm tea for me!

  • Reply danielle | rooting the sun June 29, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    totally belated on this jessie, but totally in love. i share your passion for the morning – the potential is always brimming that time of day. i can see this tea being on repeat throughout the summer. giving you all my love for your new house and move – clarity always has a knack for emerging from chaos. xo

  • Reply Lu Ann @ The Cup of Life July 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    First off, you take some of the most gorgeous photos…ever! Secondly, you can never have enough tea or iced tea for that matter (especially in the summer!) so I’m definitely adding this recipe to this list of iced teas to indulge in :)

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