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Fresh Mint Tea

This flavorful Fresh Mint Tea is easy to make and perfect after meals. So grab a handful of mint, water, and some honey – let’s brew tea!

Fresh mint tea in a clear glass with a lemon

Before I lived in the Netherlands, I expected my Dutch diet to involve copious amounts of stroopwafels and cheese. And while this turned out to be true, there was one Dutch speciality that I didn’t expect to fall in love with as hard as I did. Fresh mint tea!

In The Netherlands, fresh mint tea is on almost every restaurant menu as a hot drink to have after eating. Its refreshing flavor cleanses your palate and helps calm your belly after a big meal!

The recipe is so simple that I almost didn’t even post it. But after being back in the states for a few weeks and missing my favorite tea, I thought I better whip myself up a batch (or 10, thanks to mom’s exploding mint garden).

So in case you’re also drowning in mint – or just want to try a new after dinner drink – you’ve got to try this fresh mint tea!

Fresh mint tea in a clear glass with a lemon

Ingredients for fresh mint tea

  • Mint: Fresh mint is a must! Spearmint and pepper mint both work well.
  • Water: Bring water to a boil on the stove or in a kettle.
  • Honey (Optional): For a slightly sweeter tea, serve it with a drizzle of honey mixed in!
Fresh mint on a yellow background

How to Make Fresh Mint Tea

Step 1: Boil Water
Rather than boiling water on the stove, which takes forever and uses a lot of electricity, I’m a huge fan of using a hot water kettle for this! Simply bring your water to a boil then pour it into your serving glasses.

Pouring boiling hot water into a clear glass

Step 2: Add Mint
Briefly roll the sprigs of mint between your hands to help release the oils, then add 1 or 2 sprigs to each glass. Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3: Serve
Optionally drizzle in a little honey, stirring to dissolve. Optionally garnish with a slice of lemon and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Adding fresh mint to a glass of hot water

Fresh vs. Dried Mint

While you can make tea from dried mint leaves, I prefer fresh mint tea by far. Fresh mint has a bright, fresh flavor that outshines the dull, muted dried leaves.

Extra Flavor Options

Mint tea can be flavored to suit whatever you’re in the mood for! Here are a few fun additons to try:

  • Add green tea: This is otherwise known as Moroccan-style mint tea, and has both green tea and fresh mint!
  • Add black tea: Similarly, you can add fresh mint leaves to hot black tea.
  • Add lemon: Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice just before serving makes this tea extra bright and tart.
  • Make it iced: Make this mint tea as instructed, then refrigerate before serving over ice.
Fresh mint tea in a clear glass with a lemon
Fresh mint tea in a clear glass with a lemon

Fresh Mint Tea

This flavorful Fresh Mint Tea is easy to make and perfect after meals. So grab a handful of mint, water, and some honey – let’s brew tea!
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Course: Beverages (Non-Alcoholic)
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh mint tea, herbal tea, how to make mint tea, mint tea
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: 4th of July, Easter
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Sarah Bond
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups water 350 mL
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 1 tsp honey optional
  • 1 slice of lemon optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Boil: Bring water to a boil (either in a kettle or on the stove). Pour into into your serving glasses.
  • Mint: Briefly roll the sprigs of mint between your hands to help release the oils, then add 1 or 2 sprigs to each glass. Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve: Optionally drizzle in a little honey, stirring to dissolve. Optionally garnish with a slice of lemon and a squeeze of lemon juice.

NOTES

Variations on this fresh mint tea
  • Add green tea: This is otherwise known as Moroccan-style mint tea, and has both green tea and fresh mint!
  • Add black tea: Similarly, you can add fresh mint leaves to hot black tea.
  • Add lemon: Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice just before serving makes this tea extra bright and tart.
  • Make it iced: Make this mint tea as instructed, then refrigerate before serving over ice.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g
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