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mint lime tea cooler recipeIt is the last official night of summer. Tonight we have our annual back-to-school dinner and then it is back to homework, projects, and soccer practice ruling our calendar. We are so ready, believe me, but it is still a little sad to say goodbye to summer. This summer was beyond fun, and just what we needed.

When we moved to Alexandria a few weeks ago, we had never visited the area, or even seen the house that we are renting. We came into this move blind. It is a bit overwhelming, but I have to be honest, my Xyboard has made this transition so much easier. When Verizon Wireless gave me my Xyboard to try out, I had no idea how helpful it would be when it comes to navigating my way around my new hometown. I never leave the house without it. Within the first 48 hours of living here, it helped me find two urgent cares (because pink eye doesn’t care that you do not have a doctor yet), Whole Foods, my kid’s school, and where to buy (and how to get there) just about everything.  I keep my grocery list on it, and jot down things that I see on my travels to return to when we have some extra time. Not to mention, that it was the only wifi connection we had for over a week. It powered every device we own. And the connection was so good, I was able to deliver RAW files to a client with zero lag. It is amazing.

I was driving home from urgent care on a rainy Sunday, and all of the sudden, I spotted a Caribou Coffee. Right before we left Kansas, I discovered the beauty of Caribou Coffee. I fell in love with their White Tea Mint Lime Cooler and as I crossed about 10 lanes of traffic, I crossed my fingers that they still had them. They are a summer only drink, and as you probably are aware, Pumpkin Spice Lattes have made their yearly appearance already. I was so happy, I snapped a picture with my Xyboard and like everything I do, shared it on Instagram.

mint lime tea cooler recipeWhile I was sitting in the car, enjoying my drink, I jotted down (have I mentioned that the stylus is awesome?) how I think that it was made so that I could re-create it at home. To say goodbye to summer, I made my own version, and dare I say, I like this one even more? I made a mint flavored simple syrup, and a tea concentrate. The thing that I love the most about Caribou’s drink is that it is sparkly. I wanted to keep the tea flavor without watering it down. By adding a small amount of water to the tea bags, and adding sparkling water later, the flavor never got watered down. This drink is so refreshing, I will savor summer all year long.

mint lime tea cooler recipe2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1 cup mint leaves
6 Tazo Cucumber White tea bags (or any white tea)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
sparkling water

mint lime tea cooler recipeCombine water and sugar in a saucepan.

mint lime tea cooler recipeCook over medium high heat until the sugar comes to a boil and dissolves. Add mint leaves. Mix the leaves around. You want the leaves to get crushed and ugly so that all of the mint flavor goes into the simple syrup. Take off the heat and let cool.

mint lime tea cooler recipeMeanwhile, boil a pot of water. About 2-3 cups.

mint lime tea cooler recipeLet the tea steep in the hot water.

mint lime tea cooler recipeWhite tea does not get very dark because it is well, white. This is after 3 minutes.

mint lime tea cooler recipeLet the tea cool completely. Strain the mint leaves out of the syrup.

mint lime tea cooler recipeGet your lime juice ready and reserve a few extra slices for garnish.

mint lime tea cooler recipeCombine the simple syrup, tea mixture, lime slices, and some mint in a pitcher.

mint lime tea cooler recipeAdd sparkling water. This is more to taste. The more you add, the less sweet the mixture will be. I think that I added about 2 cups.

mint lime tea cooler recipeAdd some more mint, just because it looks pretty, and enjoy!

Mint Lime Tea Cooler

Mint Lime Tea Cooler

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 8 Tazo Cucumber White tea bags
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium high heat until the sugar comes to a boil and dissolves. Add mint leaves. Mix the leaves around. You can the leaves to get crushed and ugly so that all of the mint flavor goes into the simple syrup. Let the syrup cool.
  2. Meanwhile, boil a pot of water. About 2-3 cups. Let the tea steep in the hot water. White tea does not get very dark because it is well, white. This is after 3 minutes. Let the tea cool completely. Strain the mint leaves out of the syrup. Get your lime juice ready and reserve a few extra slices for garnish.
  3. Combine the simple syrup, tea mixture, lime slices, and some mint in a pitcher. Add sparkling water. This is more to taste. The more you add, the less sweet the mixture will be. I think that I added about 2 cups.
  4. Add some more mint, just because it looks pretty, and enjoy!
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31 Responses to Mint Lime Tea Cooler

  1. Whoa Brie, that looks so refreshing. I may need to make a pitcher today!

  2. Brandon says:

    I just made a ginger ale a few nights ago, these homemade drinks are so easy and delicious! I’ve also been loving all the recipes you’ve been sharing lately that use tea. I’ve built up a small collection of teas now and am looking for ways to use them!

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  4. Kjbq says:

    Oh my gosh this looks soo tasty! I was so excited to see it was n/a.. I have been craving cocktails and have 2 months to go! Thank you for sharing!

    I did not see a place to comment on your article in betty crocker! Congrats! Itwas awesome to see your adorable family in the picture and loved the article. Everyone i talked to loves the article and the recipies. Genevieve wants me to pass out the mini pumpkin cheesecakes for her birthday treat at school. Our whole family was soo excited to see our favorite cook in betty crocker! Keep up the good work! We love you and God Bless! The kjbq family:)

  5. Dawn says:

    Welcome to Alexandria, VA. A few minutes ago, I just discovered your blog after searching for meal planning ideas and discovered you just moved here. What a coincidence?! I hope you like the area. There is a lot to do here. Happy new home.

  6. Kristen says:

    I hope the back to school transition goes well!

  7. Cool!!! Just going through it makes you feel so refreshing.

  8. Is that Alexandria Va.? My sister just moved to Stafford :) I hear it’s beautiful there! And this bevy looks absolutely thirst quenching! I love all the flavors you have goin’ on here Bree!

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  10. No matter what time of year it is we are always drink ice tea. This looks so refreshing! I can’t wait to try this!

  11. Totally refreshing! I HAVE to have that!!! Yum :)

  12. Kelli D says:

    Bree – thanks for re-creating this drink! I fell in love with this when it was available in Chicago-area ‘bou shops about 3 years ago. This drink was my weekly indulgent splurge as I would always buy the large and savor it! I looked forward to the following summer for this to reappear and an employee told me it would not be brought back because it was either not popular – or – the dried mint leaves they put in the bottom of the cup made the drink an expensive one for Caribou to offer every summer. I’m going to try to make this soon.

  13. Kelli says:

    I came across this on Pinterest last week and pinned this. Over the weekend I needed to make a batch of iced green tea and realized the bags I had on hand were the green tea with white tea/mint decaf bags by Celestial Seasonings. I also remembered I had a can of frozen limeade. So…I got to thinking: I could make this in my iced tea maker! Prepared iced tea maker and along with the pitcher of ice I added the frozen limeade. Once the tea brewed it melted the limeade. Stirred and it looked and tasted just like the caribou coffee version minus the dried mint leaves they used to put at the bottom of the cup. I gave a taste to my husband who thought it was a bit strong, so I added a can and a half of water to the batch – thin enough for him and the boy, but not strong enough for me – I’ll have to mix up my own batch – LOL!

    I always thought the Caribou version was a bit strong, but I realized as the ice melted, the tea mellowed. It was my favorite summer drink when it was offered in Chicago, but it was only featured on their summer menu for 1 summer. The next year I asked why it was not brought back and was told the dried mint was not cost effective, so the drink was discontinued.

    Thanks to your post and a little ingenuity, I can now whip this up every other day!

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