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Mint Tea Recipe


Fresh mint tea being poured
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Fresh peppermint leaves give mint tea (technically an herbal tea or tisane) a pungent menthol aroma and flavor. This recipe is a basic, caffeine-free mint tea recipe with options to adapt it to your specific tastes. It can be served hot or iced.

For Moroccan mint tea (a blend of green tea and mint leaves), see this Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Yield: Two servings


  • 2 cups filtered water
  • About 15 fresh mint leaves
  • (Optional) Sugar or honey, to taste (start with about 1 tsp per cup and add more as desired)
  • (Optional) Ice
  • (Optional) 2 lemon wheels, or lemon juice to taste


  1. Bring the water to a rolling boil.
  2. Remove from heat and add the mint leaves.
  3. Steep for three to five minutes, depending on desired strength.
  4. Add sweetener as desired.
  5. (Optional) Pour over ice.
  6. (Optional) Garnish with lemon wheels or add lemon juice to taste.
  7. Serve hot in mugs or iced in tall glasses.

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