Once you’ve tried a cup of sweet smelling fresh mint tea, it’ll become your daily addiction. Both mint and steaming hot water have calming properties that do wonders for your body. I like to slowly sip away just before bed for an out-for-the-count, wonderfully sound sleep.–Curtis Stone
LC Appropriately Minty Note
“Appropriately minty.” That’s how someone once described freshly steeped mint tea made from herbs plucked from her garden to us. 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.
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Makes 4 cups
- About 4 cups filtered water
- 2 large sprigs mint (you want 12 to 14 leaves per sprig)
- 1. Bring the filtered water to a boil in a tea kettle or saucepan over high heat.
- 2. 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.
- 3. Remove and discard the mint. Serve the mint tea immediately, letting the tea cool slightly before sipping.
Iced Mint Tea Variation
- To serve this as 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.