Mint tea made with fresh mint leaves is so simple to make. Soothing warmth that refreshes and tastes nothing like that boxed dried stuff. Herbal tea, indeed.
Is mint tea made with fresh mint better than store-bought dried tea leaves?
Someone once described freshly steeped mint tea made from herbs plucked from her garden to us as “appropriately minty.” It says a lot about the virtues of fresh mint tea versus what you get in a teabag—and that’s not even speaking to the ease and simplicity of going out back and snipping a couple sprigs from your garden, pouring hot water over the leaves, and patiently letting them steep for a couple minutes. Appropriately minty, indeed.
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- Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings
Bring the filtered water to a boil in a tea kettle or saucepan over high heat.
Place the mint sprigs in a heatproof vessel or a French press or divvy the mint sprigs between 2 tea cups or mugs and pour in enough hot water over the mint to fill the cups or mugs. Let the mint steep for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on how mild or potent you take your tea, occasionally tilting the vessel, cups, or mugs to swirl the water against the mint sprigs.
Remove and discard the mint. Serve the mint tea immediately, letting the tea cool slightly before sipping. Originally published August 08, 2015.
How to Make Iced Mint Tea
To make iced mint tea, start at least 4 hours ahead of time. Make a triple batch of mint tea. Remove the mint sprigs after steeping for 2 to 4 minutes and then cover and refrigerate the tea until cold. Serve over ice.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I was surprised by how much I liked this mint tea—it really does add up to more than the sum of its parts. We usually have some mint hanging around in the fridge, but I’ve still been going for the bagged mint tea in the cupboard. Never again! (At least when there is already mint in the house.)
I made three versions of this, one that steeped for 1 minute, one that steeped for 2 minutes, and an iced version that I did for between 3 and 4 minutes. We tried the two hot versions side by side—we both preferred the one that had gone for 2 minutes, but if you like a really mild flavor, stick with 1 minute. It tasted sweet even though we didn't add any sweetener. The iced tea was great the next day with a slice of lemon and lime and another little sprig of mint.
Our fresh mint has gone crazy in our garden this summer! With a whole lot of mint to use, I was very interested in making this simple fresh mint tea recipe after dinner the other night. Fresh mint is one of the most recognizable and potent herbs out there—there is no mistaking fresh mint when you smell or taste it. The charm behind this homemade herbal tea is that you inhale the strong mint smell in your cup before your taste buds get to try it. It’s a warm treat for all of your senses!
My sprigs of mint had between 10 to 15 leaves on each one, and for the 4 cups of filtered water, it made 4 large mugs of tea. (But yes, depends on how big your cups are and how you are using it.) I could see this not only being a nice tea for slumber time, but also a quick fix if you had the sniffles or just wanted a pick-me-up on a cold afternoon. I actually used the rest of my tea in a batch of iced tea—I poured the remaining fresh mint tea into the rest of a pitcher of homemade black iced tea for a bit of minty flavor. It was nice with some fresh lemon slices floating around in it as well.