This mint tea recipe is perfect for spring when your garden is bursting with mint. This super aromatic tea is seriously easy and a lovely way to celebrate the vibrant herb. It’s as simple as two ingredients: hot water and fresh mint.
Pour over ice to create a refreshing, cooling drink that you can enjoy all summer and spring long! Let’s make some tea!
How to make fresh mint tea
Think again if you think, “Can’t I just boil water with fresh mint to make mint tea?” If you use dried instead of fresh, the tea won’t taste as good. Why? Why?
What is the secret to making a fresh mint tea more flavorful? Break down the cell walls! You can use a pestle and mortar to crush the leaves, but if you’re in a hurry, you can rub them between your palms.
Then, transfer the tea to a jar and add hot water. Cover. Covering the tea while it steeps traps volatile oils and creates a more aromatic tea.
This is a wonderful way to make use of an abundance of fresh mint. It can also be used to cool off on a hot day in the summer or to soothe your digestive system. Invite your herb-loving buddies over for a herbal tea party. It’s technically an herbal infusion party or tisane, but it doesn’t sound the same.
Fresh mint leaves, 1 cup, loosely packed
Three cups of boiling water
Place the mint leaves into a Mortar and Pestle and muddle them until they are about half as big. Rub the leaves between your hands until they are all broken down.
Pour boiling water over the mint. Cover with a small plate or lid and steep for five minutes.
Strain and pour the tea over ice or serve it hot. The tea will be kept in the fridge for up to one week. Pour it into an ice-cube tray, then transfer it to the freezer for a longer shelf life.