Mint tea made with fresh mint and hot water, in your teacup in less than ten minutes! There’s nothing more comforting than a cup of fresh mint tea.
why we love this recipe
Fresh mint tea is one of the ways I know that yes, spring is here for sure and summer is right behind it.
Because out of all my brave herbs out there in my kitchen barrel gardens, the mint is always the first one to leaf out, and just like that, the chilly weather is gone and summer is just around the corner.
And one the best ways to celebrate (especially on those spring days when there is still a little chill in the air) is a warm, sweet-smelling cup of the easiest tea in the world to make.
(Oh, and if you want to make the world’s easiest coffee cake to go with it, I have you covered for that!)
And yes, I know there are all kinds of mint tea bags out there to be had. But honestly? There’s nothing like tea made with a handful of fresh mint.
ingredients you need to make this recipe
ingredient notes and substitutions
Fresh mint: If you don’t have any growing in your back yard, fresh mint is pretty easy to find in the produce section of your supermarket.
And yes, you can use any variety you like, from spearmint to peppermint to chocolate mint (there is such a thing!)
how to make this recipe
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STEP 1: Take about 4 or five good-sized stalks of mint. Now go find that teapot that I know you have somewhere. I have one that fits about 4 cups of hot water which is just about perfect.
STEP 2: Fill it up with hot water and let it sit for a few minutes to warm the pot up.
STEP 3: Now put a kettle of water on and wait until it is boiling merrily away. Next, take those mint stalks and give them a quick rinse with cool water. Now roll them between your palms a few times.
STEP 4: Pour the hot water out of your teapot and pop the mint, stems and all, into your warm teapot. Pour the boiling water over them until your teapot is full, and put the top on.
STEP 5: Now comes the hard part…you have to wait for FIVE full minutes to give your mint time to steep. Five minutes.
Go fold one load of laundry and come back – I know you have laundry! By this time your clothes are folded you have a pot of delicately light green, gently, deliciously mint-flavored tea.
Take a deep sniff of it before you take that first sip…ahhhhhhh. I like mine with just a teeny bit of sugar in it, but just plain mint is perfectly wonderful too.
Yes, yes, yes! I have both spearmint and orange mint growing outside my kitchen door, but you can use anything from traditional peppermint to chocolate mint (yes, there is such a marvelous thing) – experiment to find your fave!
The produce section of your supermarket will most likely have it next to the other herbs, but if you are lucky enough to have a farmer’s market nearby, you can buy a mint plant (or plants) and grow it either in an inside pot or outside. And places like Lowes and Home Depot will have mint (and other herbs) as well. Mint is very hardy and grows (and spreads) easily.
Letting the teapot sit filled with hot water will warm it up, which will keep your fresh mint tea warmer longer. (The Southern husband also does this with my tea mugs. Love him.)
This is going to release the mint oil in the leaves to give your tea the most flavor, and is also going to make your hands smell like summertime.
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One last little note: if you are lucky enough to have a tea cozy to put over your teapot, this is the time to bring it out.
A good friend of mine made me one (made me one!!) and when I put it on my pot of fresh mint tea, I feel like everything is right with the world.
And with that, it’s tea-time!
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