Use fresh mint or dried mint to make this delicious mint tea recipe.
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Sharon has this to say
Love mint? Try this delicious and super-easy recipe for Mint Tea.
Imagine the taste of warm summer sunshine in a cup. That’s what this mint tea recipe tastes like . . . bright, mellow, and energizing.
To make it, you can use either fresh mint leaves or dried leaves. If you grow fresh mint in your garden—more about that in a moment—you can even dry your own leaves for making tea next winter.
Best of all, as you’ll see when you read this mint tea recipe, it’s incredibly easy to make.
Follow these easy steps to make 2 cups:
1. Heat 3 cups of good quality water to boiling.
2. If you’re using fresh mint, put 12-15 leaves in a tea infuser or a tea strainer (I like to use pots with their own strainers because they allow the water to circulate easily around the leaves, so that’s what you’ll see in the photos.) If you’re using dried mint, put a rounded teaspoon full into the infuser or strainer.
3. Pour about 2 cups of boiling water over the leaves and into the pot. Let fresh leaves steep for about 3-4 minutes. Dried mint leaves normally require a little less time—perhaps 2-3 minutes. While the mint is steeping, close your eyes and inhale the delicious aroma . . . by the time your tea is ready, you’ll feel relaxed and energized, even before you drink it!
4. Now, drink and enjoy!
|Tip: Keep in mind when you’re steeping the tea that the exact timing depends on 3 things—the type of mint, the strength of its flavor, and your own personal reference—so feel free to experiment.|
Try this mint tea recipe iced-it’s nice!
Have you noticed the warming effect of a cup of hot tea in the winter? Well, the opposite is true in the summer. Use this mint tea recipe to make a pot of tea, let it cool, pour it over ice in a tall glass, and sip slowly. Notice how cool and refreshed you feel? Iced mint tea is a great summer beverage.
My grandmother always claimed that hot mint tea has “medicinal benefits” (of course, she said that about brandy too—but that’s another story). I don’t know if these claims are actually true . . . but if you feel as though you’re getting a sore throat or cold, a cup or 2 (or 4) of mint tea is certainly soothing.
And because mint contains no caffeine, this herbal tea is a perfect beverage for children.
Growing your own
If you enjoy this mint tea recipe, you may want to grow your own mint. Mint plants are incredibly easy to grow. In fact, in many climates, they can be . . . umm…aggressive….well, actually invasive. Growing mint in pots is the perfect solution.
Growing your own mint also enables you to experiment with the many different varieties—peppermint, spearmint, orange mint, and many more. Believe it or not, you can even find a variety called “chocolate mint.” Does the tea taste like chocolate mint? You’ll have to grow it to find out!
Unless you live in a super cold climate, you will probably need to buy a mint plant only once because mint is perennial and winters over so well. Because mint spreads, you’ll want to give it lots of room. A pot with a diameter of 12-15” is ideal. The roots don’t go deep, so a shallow pot is fine.
Simply pop the mint into the pot with some decent potting soil, water it when it gets dry, and the mint will do the rest.
You can even bring the pot inside during the cold months so that you can continue enjoying fresh mint tea.
I will confess that this does have a potential problem, which I discovered the hard way . . . let’s just say that the problem involved earthworms and other soil-living creatures, who decided that they liked my nice warm house better than the pot.
If you’d like to avoid inviting garden creatures into your home, you may want to treat your mint as a houseplant—no lengthy stays in the garden during the summer. Here’s a rather elegant solution that you should check out:
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