There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. This sweet tea recipe is made using fresh mint leaves and herbal tea bags. You'll for sure be making this on repeat during the summer!
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💕 Why you’ll love this recipe
- If you have a mint plant or plants growing in your garden, this is a great way to use those fresh leaves to make a great tea for the hot weather
- The two main ingredients in this easy recipe, peppermint leaves and green tea, both have many health benefits. The sweetener used in this recipe is also refined sugar free, making this recipe ideal for those watching their sugar intake or following the Paleo diet
- The mild flavor or green tea makes for an ideal base to this iced tea. Mint also pairs really well with many flavors. Try adding fresh lemon slices, fresh ginger root, berries, or other citrus fruits for flavor alternatives
🧾 Ingredients & substitutions
Fresh mint tea requires just four ingredients. This recipe yields two servings, but can be easily scaled for any number of servings you wish.
The original recipe given to me by my sister that I still use when hosting a small crowd, serves 25. See below for those amounts.
- Fresh mint: rather than using mint tea bags, this recipe calls for a handful of fresh mint. The grocery store typically carries fresh mint in the produce aisle. Look for mint or peppermint varieties. I would not recommend using spearmint leaves. For a fun variation, try using chocolate mint leaves!
- Water: Hot water is a necessary ingredient for making tea, of course! I use filtered cold water out of the tap to make my boiled water. Use whatever drinking water suits you best
- Coconut sugar: To keep this cold tea recipe refined sugar free, I use coconut sugar. Don't worry, it does not make this fresh peppermint tea taste like coconut! Substitute for white granulated sugar, honey, sugar syrup, or even pure maple syrup to suit your taste buds. Feel free to omit the sugar completely if you prefer unsweetened tea
- Green tea: I like to use Moroccan tea for this recipe. Feel free to use any variety of green tea you have available. Different varieties will work well in this recipe. Black tea may also be used, although this may change the flavor of the tea
✨How to make this fresh mint iced tea recipe
Pour water into a small saucepan and submerge mint in water.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Once boiling, remove boiled water from the heat and immediately stir in coconut sugar or honey, stirring until completely dissolved in the boiling water. Add tea bags to pot, allowing the strings to hang over the edge. Cover the pot and allow to steep for 15 minutes
Carefully pour the hot tea through a fine mesh strainer directly into glasses and discard solids. Allow to cool to room temperature then add ice cubes and enjoy!
👩🍳 Pro Tips
- This iced tea recipe can easily be scaled up to make a large quantity o serve a crowd. To do so, increase water to 25 cups, use two whole bunches of mint (leaves removed from stems and washed), get yourself a very large pot with a tight fitting lid, 1 ½ cups of coconut sugar or honey (adjust to suit your taste), and about 25 green tea bags (I use one tea bag per cup of water). Follow same steeping directions and serve in large pitcher with additional mint sprigs for garnish
- Once cool, store in mason jars in the fridge until ready to serve
- Dried mint may also be used to make fresh mint iced tea. Use 1 green tea bag and 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves per 6-8 ounces of hot water. Sweeten to taste, if desired.
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To make mint tea with tea bags, follow this recipe and scale the recipe up or down based on the quantity of servings you wish to make. Fresh mint and green tea bags steeped together make for a refreshing cup of mint tea!
Dried mint may also be used to make fresh mint iced tea. Use 1 green tea bag and 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves per 6-8 ounces of hot water. Sweeten to taste, if desired.
Typically Moroccan mint tea is caffeinated. Green tea is also caffeinated. For this recipe, look for decaffeinated green tea to make a decaf iced mint tea.
Yes! Mint is typically used to aid in digestion and calm an upset stomach.
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- 2 fresh mint sprigs leaves removed from stem
- 2 cups filtered water
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar or honey
- 2 bags green tea
- Pour water into small saucepan and submerge mint in water.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once boiling, remove from heat and immediately stir in coconut sugar or honey, stirring until completely dissolved.
- Add tea bags to pot and cover, allowing to steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain into glasses, allow to cool then add ice and enjoy!
- Recipe can be made in large quantities as well to serve a crowd. To do so, increase water to 25 cups, use two whole bunches of mint (leaves removed from stems and washed), get yourself a very large pot with a tight fitting lid, 1 ½ cups of coconut sugar or honey (or to taste), and about 25 green tea bags (I use one tea bag per cup of water). Follow same steeping directions and serve in large pitcher with additional mint sprigs for garnish
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Good to know about the coconut sugar. I'll try it that way!