Fresh Mint Tea

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.

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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.

Serves serves 2

How to Make Fresh Mint

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.

15 minPrep Time

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  • 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


  1. Roughly tear the leaves with your hands and place them in a small strainer placed over a teapot or glass bowl.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and pour over the leaves. (The water should cover the leaves in the strainer)
  3. Gently bruise the mint leaves with the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler to release the oils.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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  1. says

    Hi there…..Just wanted to say what a beautiful blog you have. Such stunning pictures. I hate hate hate tea but you make it look divine.

    Can I ask how you acieved the lighting on the first tea shot? It looks like back lighting but how close are you to the window? Sorry, might sound a little silly but I’m very new to this. Ive tried using backlighting but end up with an image looking like a silhouette. Yours looks amazing!!!!!!!

    Oh and may I ask what lens you used??

    • says

      Thanks Sukaina, that’s so sweet of you to say.

      Youre correct the lighting here is indeed diffused back lighting from a large window. I placed the cup on a table a few feet away from the window at a slight angle. I used my 100mm Macro Lens.

  2. says

    hello sweet friend, how are you? i thought i could just come by and leave a “hello to you girl!” and i chose this recipe to do it because i bought mint to grow on my kitchen because of this, and every time i look at it, i think about doing this tea! maybe this weekend i will try this simple recipe and smooth my weekend evenings! thank you and congratulations on such a beautiful blog! 🙂 hugs, twiggs

  3. bk says

    I am also drinking dried mint tea right now, but your page made me excited to try using fresh leaves. We have tons of spearmint growing along the side of the house as a decorative ground cover that smells wonderful all summer long. Growing up my mom made mint-infused water for us all summer. No boiling, she just put the fresh mint in a pitcher of cold water and let it sit in the fridge over night. Just leave the mint attached to the stem and then you can easily pull out the mint a day or two later. Best summer drink ever.

  4. Cheryl says

    Thank you for this post! My son has a fever this morning and I wanted to make him some fresh mint tea with ginger (I just trimmed back my mint yesterday). I think after I make the hot infusion, I’ll cool some and make a sun tea as well. I appreciate the inspiration!

    Also, I have raspberry bushes in my yard as well and when I trim the suckers, I keep the leaves for tea. I add them to the mint and dry some for later use.

  5. Jan says

    I just made mint tea from fresh leaves…..yummmm I find it tastes so different from the tea bags in the store. There is a distinct flavor touched with just a hint of oil How much water do you use with a small hand full of fresh mint leaves?

  6. Yvonne says

    I am also growing mint in my garden this year. I added Chocolate mint, Orange mint, and Mohito mint this year.

    I am also a tea lover. I will be trimming some mint this evening to try your recipe.

    Just found your blog, it is a great site.

  7. Brian says

    I found that double brewing works as well. I am using a tea pot with a built in strainer. I first prepare a hot mint tea to enjoy. I seep mine for 8 minutes. Pour any excess tea from the pot into a cup and add another round of boiling water. Again I seep for 8 minutes. The next day I have delicious mint iced tea to enjoy with my lunch.