Homemade Iced Mint Tea is the epitome of summer. Refreshing, delicious and easy to make, you can have this every day and not feel a bit of guilt. Grow your own mint on your patio, porch or in the garden; it's prolific! Just skip the sugar and it's a delightful no-calorie option.
Homemade iced mint tea is so refreshing.
One of my favorite summer drinks is Homemade Iced Mint Tea, and guess what? June is National Iced Tea Month. If you don't add sugar, this is the zero-calorie drink, and it tastes so good, too.
I switched to growing spearmint instead of peppermint in my potted kitchen garden. Peppermint doesn't fare well on my porch. And the spearmint is growing like a weed. I like spearmint better than peppermint anyway. Which do you prefer?
Which Mint Is Better?
Both mints are good for you. Here's what Medical News Today says about spearmint:
"It is often used in medicine for its claimed therapeutic properties. Spearmint contains vitamins, antioxidants, and vital nutrients. Its aroma is very similar to that of peppermint. It contains less menthol than peppermint, but it is rich in limonene, dihydrocarvone, and cineol."
Weight Loss Drink
Iced Mint Tea is an excellent option if you want to lose weight, too. Zero calories. That's right. ZERO. Unless you add sugar; then it's still only 8 calories a cup. I prefer it plain, that is, no sugar. Even with sugar, it's a whole lot better for you than a commercial soft drink with all its sugar and chemicals. The mint is good for settling your stomach too.
Easy Peasy Way to Make Homemade Iced Mint Tea Recipe
It's super easy to make, either by boiling the water or heating it in the microwave. I'm usually lazy and do it in the microwave, heating it on high for 2 minutes (some recipes say to steep it for 5-6 minutes) until the water is boiling. Your microwave may take a different amount of time because each appliance is different.
You don't have to chop the leaves. Just take a few leaves (maybe 6), rinse them off to make sure they aren't dirty, and put them in a cup of water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Steep the leaves for about 2 minutes. Remove the leaves from the cup and pour the tea over a glass of ice. Yum! Delicious Iced Mint Tea. Serve it with Watermelon Olive Mint Salad and capitalize on the delicious flavor.
If you prefer to boil your water and make a larger amount in a teapot, simply put the mint leaves in the teapot and fill it with boiling water. Let steep for two or three minutes and remove the leaves. (I find that if you steep it too long, it gets a bit too minty and kind of bites back at you.)
What You Need
If you like sugar in your tea, add a teaspoon of sugar (or better yet, honey) to the pot or cup at the same time you add the leaves. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and pour the tea over a glass of ice. Voila! Iced Mint Tea with sugar.
No special tools are needed for this recipe. A teakettle for boiling water is helpful; we have a Le Creuset (affiliate link) model. A lovely decorative teapot and beautiful iced tea glasses (affiliate link) for serving are nice.
HOMEMADE ICED MINT TEA RECIPE
Homemade Iced Mint Tea
- 2 cups water
- 6 spearmint or peppermint leaves
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon sugar optional
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Put the mint leaves in a teapot.
- Pour the boiling water over the leaves into the pot.
- Steep for 2-5 minutes.
- Remove leaves.
- Add sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves, if you are using sugar.
Recipe Nutrition Information
This recipe is GF, DF, NF, SF, EF, CF, V, VG*
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.
Mint is a terrific communicator. It really droops if you need to water it. Take a look:
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This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop June 25, 2017 and updated June 7, 2021.