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 mint leaves give this mint tea recipe an alluring herbal aroma and flavor. Since this tea is made with an herb instead of tea leaves, it is considered an herbal tea or tisane and does not contain any caffeine. You can enjoy a cup of mint tea before bed without worries about it keeping you up.

You can vary the mint in this recipe as long as it's fresh. Peppermint or spearmint are classic choices, but other varieties will work just as well. You can even use a mixture of mint varieties. While you can use dried mint for tea, it doesn't compare to the flavor of fresh herbs. Serve it hot or iced, sweetened or unsweetened, and with or without lemon. It's easy to adjust to your taste and customize to each drinker.

If you love mint tea but prefer a caffeinated beverage, try Moroccan mint tea made with a blend of green tea ​(that has caffeine) and mint leaves might be just the ticket. For a summer quencher, consider an ​​iced tea recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water (filtered)
  • 15 mint leaves (fresh, peppermint or spearmint)
  • Optional: 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar (or honey)
  • Optional: lemon slices
  • Optional: fresh lemon juice
  • Optional: ice

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 the heat and add the fresh 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. Start with 1 teaspoon per cup and add more 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 hundreds of varieties of fresh mint and they are all good candidates for a mint herbal tea. Here are some of the 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

Is mint tea healthy?

While a long list of health claims have been made around mint tea that is largely unverified, it's a healthy drink regardless. With zero caffeine and sugar (unsweetened), it's a tasty option either hot or cold. Unlike caffeinated tea, you can enjoy an unlimited amount of mint tea without any risk of health problems. Some research suggests mint tea helps relieve headaches and encourages relaxation, while other studies link mint tea to sinus relief and easing an upset stomach. You should avoid drinking mint tea if you have GERD.

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