Refreshing Mint Tea

Mint tea with lemon slice

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  • Total: 8 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings

Fresh peppermint leaves give this mint tea recipe a pungent menthol aroma and flavor. Since this tea is made with an herb, it is technically considered an herbal tea or tisane.

Tisanes or herbal teas have the added benefit of being caffeine-free. You can vary the mint (peppermint or spearmint or one of the other varieties listed below) in this recipe as long as it's fresh. Serve it hot or iced, sweetened or unsweetened and with or without lemon.

If you love mint tea, but wouldn't consider giving up the caffeine, this Moroccan mint tea recipe made with a blend of green tea ​(that has caffeine) and mint leaves might be just the ticket. For a summer quencher, consider one of these ​​iced tea recipes


  • 2 cups water (filtered)
  • 15 mint leaves (fresh, peppermint or spearmint)
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons sugar (or honey; start with 1 teaspoon per cup and add more as desired)
  • Optional: ice
  • Optional: lemon slices
  • Optional: lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Mint leaves and honey
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  2. Bring the water to a boil.

    Boiling water for tea.
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  3. Remove from heat and add mint leaves.

    Mint leaves for tea.
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  4. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on desired strength.

    Tea steeping.
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  5. Add optional sweetener as desired.

    Adding honey to tea.
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  6. If serving iced, fill tall glasses with ice and pour the tea over. If serving hot, pour the tea into mugs. Garnish with optional lemon slices and/or lemon juice to taste.

    Fresh mint tea.
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  7. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

There are literally hundreds of varieties of mint and they are all good candidates for a mint herbal tea. Here is a list of some more obscure varieties that make great tea:

  • Pineapple mint
  • Apple mint (Woolly mint)
  • Ginger mint
  • Red Raripila mint
  • Catmint
  • Chocolate mint
  • Orange mint
  • Lavender mint
  • Grapefruit mint
  • Calamint
  • Licorice mint
  • Basil mint
  • Chewing Gum mint
  • Watermint
  • Corn or Field mint

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