Fresh mint tea works wonderfully as a hot or cold infusion. I make it hot here, but you can easily let it cool and keep it in the refrigerator to drink iced on a hot day.
Every night you can be sure to find me with a hot cup of herbal tea in my hands before bedtime. A nightly cup of tea is my little ritual that marks the end of the day. The act of sipping tea is soothing, it’s not something you can rush through, it demands that you slow down and unwind. For me, it’s a vital moment of calm and comfort before turning in for the night.
The wonderful thing about herbal tea is that it’s so easy to make and the flavor combinations are endless. You can mix several herbs together to make your own special blend, or just keep it simple and stick with one. One of my favorite herbs is fresh mint, so I often make a simple mint tea after dinner.
Fresh mint works wonderfully as a hot or cold infusion. At night I make it hot, but you can easily let it cool (adding sugar or honey while still warm if you want it sweet), pour the tea into a pitcher, and keep it in the refrigerator to drink over ice on a hot day when you want something refreshing to drink.
Fresh mint works wonderfully as a hot or cold infusion. I make it hot here, but you can easily let it cool and keep it in the refrigerator to drink iced on a hot day.
- A large handful of fresh mint leaves (organic) or from your garden
- A kettleful of filtered water (about 2 to 4 cups depending on how strong you want your tea)
- Honey to taste
- Roughly tear the leaves with your hands and place them in a small strainer placed over a teapot or glass bowl.
- Bring the water to a boil and pour over the leaves. (The water should cover the leaves in the strainer)
- Gently bruise the mint leaves with the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler to release the oils.
- Cover the teapot or bowl and let the leaves steep for at least 5 to 10 minutes, then remove the strainer pressing on the leaves to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Pour into tea cups or mug and sweeten with honey or sugar to taste if desired.
For iced mint tea: follow the directions above adding sweetener if using while the tea is still warm. Cool the infusion to room temperature, then store in the fridge. Serve over ice with an additional sprig of fresh mint.
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