A hot or iced cup of fresh mint tea is a lovely thing. Whether you're curling up on the couch with a good book, or just finishing up dinner, there is something about mint that just relaxes the mind and soothes the stomach.
Fresh mint tea is very easy to make yourself at home, and mint is very easy to grow yourself for this purpose, so you really don't have to keep buying boxes of mint tea if you don't want to.
I'll show you how to easily make fresh mint tea, hot or iced, and give you some suggested additional herbs and flavours you can add if you wish.
What Is Fresh Mint Tea Good For?
Aside from culinary uses, mint leaves and oil extracts have been used as medicinal herbs for thousands of years.
Mint is famously recommended to soothe upset stomachs and relieve digestive issues. Applied topically it has been used for pain relief as well.
I drink mint tea because I find it a pleasant combination of soothing and refreshing for my senses. And because mint plants are so prolific and invasive, there is always just SO much mint around.
Can You Use Mint Stems For Tea?
Yes, fresh mint stems are flavourful themselves, although the taste is not exactly the same as the leaves.
For all green-stemmed herbs, the tender stems should not be discarded as they are perfectly useful for culinary uses. Once dried, it is better to discard or compost the stems.
How Do You Dry Mint Leaves For Tea?
Tie mint bundles up with cotton twine and then hang them in a ventilated area until perfectly dry. Hanging your mint upside down is important, as it forces the aromatic oils out of the stems and into the leaves.
This process should only take a week or a bit more.
Once perfectly dry (the leaves will feel crispy and delicate) strip the leaves from the stems and then store them in an air-tight container in a cool, dark, dry place like your pantry.
You can add silica packets into the containers if you wish but I personally don't bother with this.
Yes, you can use your oven or food dehydrator at their lowest possible setting to dry your mint leaves out even faster (hours instead of days). Make sure the leaves are completely dry before using these methods and check on the leaves frequently to avoid over-drying or cooking/burning the delicate leaves.
Growing Your Own Mint
Mint is the easiest herb to grow. And there are over 600 varieties of mint in the world that we know of.
I have a full guide that outlines exactly how to do this yourself:
Although to be honest, scattering some seeds in some random dirt will generally work without special instruction — mint is like a hyper-invasive weed.
Whatever you do, make sure to keep mint in its own separate container as the plant will easily overtake an entire garden or window box and push out any competition it finds.
If you grow a lot of mint or other culinary herbs yourself, make sure to check out my guide:
What Flavours Pair Well With Mint Tea
- Green Tea
- You can mix several varieties of mint together, like peppermint and lemon mint for example
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Vanilla etc.
Easy Fresh Mint Tea (Hot or Iced)
Soothing and refreshing fresh mint tea is always a lovely idea. Try out different amounts of mint leaves to figure out your own personal sweet spot for strength — I love a lot of mint personally.
If you're used to always adding sweetener, try it without once too.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minute
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 Cup
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Steeping
- Cuisine: Worldwide
- Fresh mint leaves
- Honey (optional)
- Lemon slice (optional)
- Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.
- Allow the water to sit off of the heat for 60 seconds.
- In your favourite mug, add 5-10 mint leaves and then pour the water over the leaves.
- Allow the leaves to steep for 3-5 minutes.
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey (optional) or to taste.
- Add a wedge of lemon (optional) and serve.
There is no need to remove the leaves before drinking.
For ICED Fresh Mint Tea:
Use about 20 fresh mint leaves and steep the leaves for about 10 minutes before DISCARDING.
Refrigerate until ice-cold!
Keywords: mint, mint tea, tea, herbs