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How to Make Mint Tea with fresh herbs
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How to Make Mint Tea

Love fresh herbs? Learn how to make mint tea (and other herbal teas) with fresh mint and herbs from the garden. 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 7kcal


Mint Tea Base:

  • 20 fresh mint leaves, any variety. use more for stronger flavor
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp sugar or honey (optional), use more or less to taste
  • 2 lemon slices (optional), to serve

For Moroccan Mint Tea:

  • 2 tsp green tea, loose leaf (or 2 tea bags)

For Spiced Mint Tea (Choose 1, or Smaller Amounts of Both)

  • 6 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

Herbal Tea Variations (Choose 1, or Smaller Amounts of Both)

  • 2-3 springs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

Black Mint Tea:

  • 2 tsp black tea, loose leaf (or 2 tea bags)


  • Rinse mint leaves (and other herbs, if using), and set aside to dry.
  • Bring tea water to a boil.  Pour into a teapot or a French Press.
  • Crush mint leaves with your hands to release oil and then add them to the teapot, or add them to the pot and use a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Add any additional ingredients (except lemon).  Cover pot.  Steep 5-7 minutes if you added green tea or black tea, or 8-10 minutes for herbal tea.
  • Serve hot, with lemon if desired.  
    For iced tea: make a larger batch of tea, let the tea cool slightly, and then store in a pitcher or glass jar in the fridge.  Use within 2-3 days.



Recipe Variations:
  • Stronger tea: Use more mint
  • Dried mint leaves: Crush them, and use 1 1/2 tsp per 8 ounces of water.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients.


Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 56mg | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.5mg