Green Tea with Mint

If you, like me, drink green tea but find it a tad on the bland side of the taste spectrum, this is the solution. You just add a few fresh mint leaves into the tea, let it steep, then strain them out. Incredibly simple but incredibly effective. The mint adds the freshness that the tea by itself is missing and that makes all the difference. Try it next time you make a green tea!

Green Tea with Mint Leaves

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Green Tea with Mint
Recipe type: Drink
  • green tea
  • 10 - 20 fresh mint leaves per cup
  1. Prepare the tea with hot water and add the mint leaves.
  2. Let the tea steep to desired intensity.
  3. Strain the mint leaves out.

Food Photography and Styling: I was going through some of the corners of my prop closet recently and found a lot of stuff I hadn’t used in a long time, including a dark brown serving tray I got years ago from The World Market. The tray is made of small twigs in a wooden frame and rather than using it as a tray I put it up on its side and used it as a backdrop that looked like a window with blinds (at least to me). Just another reminder to always keep an open mind with props, who says they have to be used in the way the manufacturer intended! I set the tea glasses on my other dark wooden tray and lit this photo from the side with my strobe.
Nikon D600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight, 35″ x 58″ Softbox.

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  1. Kevin | KevinIsCooking says:

    Love this beautiful photo, takes me back to sipping tea watching all the chaos in the Khan el-Khalili in Cairo. It’s the largest souk in the bazaar district, the sites and smells are intoxicating. Thanks for the memories… and all with one beautiful photo. Plus I agree, a little steeped mint and it goes to another level :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Wow, Kevin, that may be the best compliment I ever received about my photos. Thank you, and, you are welcome! :)

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