How to make Peppermint Tea - the Iced Version!
If you've been wondering how to make peppermint tea, you'll find recipes for iced or hot peppermint tea - and even a recipe for a therapeutic peppermint tea steam - here!
We tend to associate peppermint tea with cooler weather, when a crisp autumn day or chilly winter's evening has us reaching for more seasonal teas, like ginger, cinnamon, or peppermint...
But peppermint is an excellent choice for a refreshing iced tea, as well! Peppermint is a natural coolant and, with its minty taste, peppermint tea is absolutely delicious served over ice.
The iced peppermint tea recipe is almost the same as the recipe for hot peppermint tea - just remember, as a general rule of thumb, 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.
Iced Peppermint Tea
- 2 peppermint teabags, 2 heaping teaspoons of dried peppermint loose-leaf tea, or a handful (2 - 3 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
Fresh Peppermint for Tea
Many grocery stores stock fresh peppermint leaves, so, if you're not the gardening type or aren't set up to grow your own peppermint, check your local grocery or the farmers' market for some fragrant, fresh peppermint. You won't believe how delicious peppermint tea is when made with the fresh herb!
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, you may want to use an infuser or infuser mug.)
- 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 and steep the peppermint tea for 5 to 10 minutes (longer steeping times bring out the best flavor and fullest health 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.
- Pour the tea immediately into a tall glass of ice, or you can chill the tea to enjoy over ice later.
- Optional - 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 honey or sugar to taste, as well.
- Enjoy your delicious, beneficial iced peppermint tea! Why not take a glassful and a good book or magazine out to the hammock for a while?
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?
Why not try...
- Growing your own peppermint plant to enjoy the very freshest, healthiest peppermint tea! Some suggest that the health benefits of peppermint tea are enhanced when the tea is made from fresh, rather than dried leaves.
- When you make ice cubes for iced tea, why not add a fresh (rinsed) peppermint leaf to each cube for a dash of color and an extra burst of flavor?
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