Iced Lychee Mint Green Tea with Strawberries

Iced mint green tea sweetened with lychee and strawberries, a perfect beverage for a warm summer day. 

Iced Lychee Mint Green Tea with Strawberries | Cooking with a Wallflower

Have you ever had lychee before? It’s a sweet Asian fruit with a tough reddish brown outer skin and a big black seed in the middle. No? You should really try it.

I’ve been craving it. Unfortunately, lychee is a summer fruit so it’s too early to be in season right now. At least, where I live. I haven’t even seen them at the supermarket, and if they are sold right now, it’s probably very expensive because it’s not in season. Therefore, I had to resort to the next best thing, canned lychee. Once, fresh lychees are in season, I plan to revisit this recipe and adjust it. =)

Easy to follow with only a few simple steps, my recipe will allow you to enjoy your summery beverage ready in no time. This iced green tea will have the exotic flavor of lychee, the refreshing taste of mint, and the familiar sweetness of strawberries. Since you are making this drink at home, you can customize it to your taste, unlike the fruit flavored teas that you find at Asian milk tea shops.

Iced Lychee Mint Green Tea with Strawberries | Cooking with a Wallflower

Speaking of those Asian milk tea shops, I have a confession. I’m a milk tea addict. I love the taste of honey milk black tea with tapioca pearls. But I’m trying to get myself off it. The good news is that many of those Asian milk tea shops now allow you to customize the level of sweetness, which is a lot better than before, right? And half of those shops use real brewed tea, while the other half uses powder mixes. So if you want to try certain milk tea shops, make sure to look at reviews to see what people say.

Anyway, in a small pot, boil about two cups of water and add in two bags of green tea. This part, you can adjust to the amount of tea you want. Remember, about one cup of water per tea bag per person. So you can increase the amount according to the number of people you’re serving.

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Remove the pot from heat. Add in mint leaves. Allow the tea bags and mint leaves to steep for a few minutes. The longer you leave in the water, the stronger the taste. Once the mint green tea has reached your liking, remove the mint and tea bags and allow the tea to sit for a few more minutes to cool. This is how I make my homemade mint green tea. If that’s what you want, you can stop right there and enjoy your hot mint green tea. I added a few lychees to see if it would enhance the lychee flavor, not really. So don’t do it.

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But if you want to continue for a more exotic iced tea… =)

Open the can of lychee. Measure about ½ – 1 cup of the lychee syrup and pour it into the mint green tea. Stir to evenly mix the flavors. I added about a cup of the lychee syrup, but you should add it to your taste. If you prefer your drink less sweet, add less of the lychee syrup. If you like your tea sweeter, add more of the syrup. The lychee syrup is pretty much the same as simple syrup except that it tastes like lychee. You won’t use all the syrup or the lychee. That means you can use it for a different recipe or you can eat as is.

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Divide the lychee mint green tea into 2-3 glasses. Add in 3-4 lychees per glass.

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Add in chopped strawberries.

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Add in a few mint leaves for garnish and a more refreshing taste.

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For decoration, slice a strawberry in half, leaving the top intact. That photo did not come out well. Unfortunately, it was the only one I took. But you get the picture =) Place the sliced strawberry over the rim of the glass.

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Add a few ice cubes or chill the tea in the refrigerator for at least a half hour.

Iced Lychee Mint Green Tea with Strawberries | Cooking with a Wallflower

Serve the beverage cold and enjoy!

Iced Lychee Mint Green Tea with Strawberries | Cooking with a Wallflower

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74 thoughts on “Iced Lychee Mint Green Tea with Strawberries

  1. I really enjoy fruit and herb tea. This sounds wonderful! I have to admit I have not had Asian milk tea but think I will have to try it.

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  2. Our fresh Lychee season in Brisbane was very short this summer. And I’m not really a fan of the canned fruit.. too sugary. But I’m printing out your recipe ready for next Christmas

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  3. I love Lychees although until a minute ago I didn’t know that was what they are actually called! Although I get them here in the Chinese supermarket and they have brown skin not red. Either way they are delicious!

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    • You can definitely find lychee at Asian supermarkets. It’s not in season yet so if you’re looking for fresh ones you’ll have to wait until summer. But Asian supermarkets will carry canned ones too. It’s just a bit sweeter.

      I live in the San Francisco Bay Area so milk tea shops are everywhere for me. But you can probably find milk tea shops in Asian communities like Chinatown. Usually it’s fruit flavored teas with ingredients like jelly or tapioca pearls. I’m addicted to them and it’s bad because they’re sugary. lol

      Hope that helps =)

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  5. It’s so pretty! UUuuumm, being a wordress.com blog, how did you add the plugin for your recipe thingy??? Just wondering because I would like to add a plugin to mine (obviously not the same one) but haven’t figured our how…

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    • Thanks, Joanna! And sorry about taking this long to get back to you. It takes awhile to get through all the comments!

      I don’t have a plugin for my recipes. For the fancier one, it’s just an image. And for the printer friendly version, it’s a PDF that I uploaded to wordpress.

      Basically, save the post that you’re working on and go to your dashboard and open it as a draft. At the top, where all your formatting is, there’s a button that says “Add media.” You can upload your PDF that way, and insert the link wherever you want.

      I hope that helps. If you have questions or need help, just message me or email me. =)

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  6. All of this is so new to me! I would love to try this recipe out. I will have to hunt down the lychees, but if I find them, it’s on! Also the milk tea…I will have to look into that. I don’t know where they would sell it.

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  7. Hello Andrea, Looks like you have got an amazing drink ready for the summer time.

    Here in my home place, it’s like living beside a furnace, temperature is around 38 Deg C and very high humidity.

    I really wish I could order it sitting here 🙂 (at least I’ll ask my wife to give it a try )

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  8. Andrea, you have a wonderful blog! It is a very enjoyable experience to visit you on WordPress. I am having a problem answering comments and replies when they are sent. Do I have to visit another WordPress page to read and respond to them?

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  9. Oh boy, this looks amazing, exactly what I want right now! This would be great in a kombucha tea (are you familiar with that? I’ve only recently begun making it myself – so very nice.) I might have to go experiment – though we are heading into Winter here in Australia, so might need the canned variety also! x

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  10. Thank you, Andrea, for visiting my site! Love food, and love lychee. Really looking forward to lychee season this year, and will definitely try this recipe!

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