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  • Green tea bags
  • Apple cider
  • Lime juice
  • Lime wedges

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Green Tea Cooler With Fresh Mint

A Something Different Recipe
Developed by Dana Jacobi

Take a break from the summer heat with this refreshing and healthy drink. Green tea is rich in phytochemicals like the well-studied compound EGCG. Cell and animal studies show these tea polyphenols may protect our DNA from damage, intervene directly in cancer cell growth, and increase self-destruction of abnormal cells. Adding fragrant mint and fresh lime turns your everyday tea into a revitalizing cooler.

Makes 4 servings (about 12 ounces each).
Per Serving: 43 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 11 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein, 0 g dietary fiber, 3 mg sodium.


  • 8 (6-inch) mint sprigs
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 1 1/3 cups apple cider, refrigerated
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 4 mint sprigs, for garnish
  • 4 lime wedges, for garnish


In heatproof pitcher or container, combine mint and tea bags.

In medium saucepan, heat 4 cups water until bubbles start to form around edge of pot. If possible, use instant-read thermometer to tell when water is 180 degrees F.

Pour hot water over mint and tea in pitcher. Steep for 6 minutes. Discard tea bags, leaving mint in pitcher. Cool tea to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate tea with mint for 4 to 24 hours.

Just before serving, add cider and lime juice to chilled tea. Pour tea into 4 tall, narrow glasses. Garnish each glass with mint spring and lime wedge.

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