Peppermint tea is a popular beverage around the world. Peppermint contains high levels of menthol that give it its characteristic cool, refreshing flavor.
Iced Peppermint Tea Recipe
This iced peppermint tea recipe is almost the same as the recipe for hot peppermint tea. As a general rule, aim to use about twice as many teabags (or twice as much loose-leaf tea) when you’re making an iced version (rather than a hot version) of any herbal tea.
- 2 peppermint teabags, 2 heaping teaspoons of dried peppermint loose-leaf tea, or a handful (2 – 4 stalks) of fresh, blemish-free peppermint leaves
- 8 oz. (about 250 ml) fresh, delicious water, brought just to the boil
- Optional additions to taste, such as honey, sugar, or orange, lemon, or lime
To make the tea…
- If you’re making your tea with fresh peppermint leaves, rinse the leaves first and crush them just a bit with your hands, the back of a spoon, or a mortar and pestle to release the wonderful aroma and beneficial oils.
- Add the teabags, loose-leaf tea, or fresh leaves to your cup. (With loose-leaf tea or fresh leaves, an infuser or infuser mug works beautifully.)
- Cool the just-boiled water slightly (peppermint tea, like other herbal teas, is truly at its best when brewed in hot, rather than boiling, water), and then pour it into your cup.
- Cover the tea and steep it for 5 to 10 minutes (longer steeping times bring out the best flavor and full benefits of herbal teas). Fresh leaves will benefit from an extra minute or two of steeping time.
- Remove the teabags or tea leaves from the cup.
- Let the tea come to room temperature and then pop it in the fridge to chill, and enjoy over ice later. If you simply can’t wait, pour the tea immediately into a tall glass of ice and drink up!
Iced peppermint tea is wonderful with a splash or slice of citrus, such as orange, lemon, or lime. You may want to add a bit of organic honey or sugar to taste, as well.
This iced peppermint tea recipe increases wonderfully, so why not make up a big jug to enjoy out on the back porch with some friends on a hot summer’s evening? Or take a glass of this refreshingly lovely tea and your favorite book out to the hammock for some relaxing self-care time.
Peppermint Tea Recipe
If there’s something that can really calm your nerves and instantly de-stress you, it’s peppermint tea. You can prepare it using a tea bag or fresh mint leaves. It is fairly easy to prepare it at home. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process below.
- 10 peppermint leaves
- 250 ml water
- 1 lemon optional
- milk optional
- honey as per taste
To make the tea…
- If you are making peppermint tea, take 10 fresh mint leaves and rinse them properly under the faucet.
- Once properly rinsed, rub the leaves in between your fingers. By doing so, you will be releasing the flavor of the herb. You can also use a mortar or a pestle to crush the leaves. Additionally, you can use the back of a spoon to lightly crush them if you do not have the aforementioned tools. Ensure that you don’t over crush the leaves.
- Take a mug, and place the lightly crushed leaves in it. Meanwhile, bring 250 ml of water to a boil. Once boiled, allow the water to cool slightly before you pour it in the mug. Remember that, peppermint tea brews well in hot water and not boiling water.
- Carefully pour the water on the peppermint leaves, after you have let the water cool. Once all the leaves are submerged in the water, cover the mug and let it steep for at least 7 minutes. If you want the tea to be stronger, let it steep for longer -probably around 15 minutes.
- After that, strain the leaves out using a filter or a spoon. You can also add sugar or honey to your tea as per taste. Furthermore, you can enhance the taste by adding lemon to it.
Refresh With Peppermint
Peppermint is a rock star whether you enjoy a warm cup of tea or a refreshing, ice-cold beverage. The fresh finish of the peppermint leaves pair well with flavors such as chocolate and lavender. The possibilities of mint tea blends are endless. Play with different combinations and create tea that you love to drink. Grow your own herb garden right in the kitchen to make hand-harvested and fresh peppermint tea.