Mint Lime Tea Cooler is a slightly sparkly refreshing iced tea you will want to have all year long!
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 so when I spotted one on my way home, I crossed about 10 lanes of traffic and 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.
While I was sitting in the car, enjoying my drink, I started wondering how 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 Ingredients //
- 2/3 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
How to Make // The Steps
Step 1: Combine water and sugar in a saucepan.
Step 2: Cook 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.
Step 3: Meanwhile, boil a pot of water. About 2-3 cups.
Step 4: Let the tea steep in the hot water.
Step 5: White tea does not get very dark because it is well, white. This is after 3 minutes.
Step 6: Let the tea cool completely. Strain the mint leaves out of the syrup.
Step 7: Get your lime juice ready and reserve a few extra slices for garnish.
Step 8: Combine the simple syrup, tea mixture, lime slices, and some mint in a pitcher.
Step 9: 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.
Step 10: Add some more mint, just because it looks pretty, and enjoy!
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Tuesday 21st of May 2013
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!
Thursday 23rd of May 2013
I am so glad that you can have your favorite drink whenever you want!
Monday 13th of May 2013
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.
Thursday 23rd of May 2013
I hope that you do! Sad this drink is not coming back.