A Tasty, Fragrant Iced Peppermint Tea Recipe

You'll be amazed at how quick and easy this iced peppermint tea recipe is to make. Once you've started making your own iced tea from scratch, you won't be tempted by store-bought iced teas any longer!

There are so many reasons why peppermint tea is much-loved. This herbal tisane is incredibly good for us and so very versatile, too. Not only delicious and refreshing served hot, iced, or even at room temperature, this helping tea can also provide topical benefits (in a tea steam, compress, or foot soak, for example). 

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Even so, 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 gingercinnamon, or peppermint... But peppermint is an excellent choice for refreshing iced tea, as well. Peppermint is a natural coolant and, with its minty taste, this tea is absolutely delicious served over ice.

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.

You'll need...

  • 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

Growing your own peppermint is incredibly easy and rewarding, and fresh peppermint makes the tastiest peppermint tea you can imagine. Get some tips here for growing and harvesting your own peppermint. 

To make the tea...

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. Remove the teabags or tea leaves from the cup.
  6. 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! 
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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.

If you're not the gardening type or aren't set up to grow your own peppermint, check your local grocery or the farmer's market for some fragrant, fresh peppermint. You'll love how delicious tea is when made from fresh herbs. 

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.

| Related:  Iced Tea Tips

If you're loving iced teas right now and are looking for all things iced tea, drop by our Tea Recipes section for more recipes for this favorite summer drink. You'll also find lots of ideas, recipes, and inspiration on our Yummy Iced Tea Recipes Pinterest board. And, for something a little different, but still cool and revitalizing, how about Tea Pops or Tea Smoothies?

Delicious, and brimming with wellness benefits, too - a wonderful combination. This lovely tea is also so calming and refreshing when served hot or in a blended tea with chamomile, and it makes a very effective and restorative tea steam, as well. 

When you make ice cubes for iced tea, add a fresh (rinsed) peppermint leaf to each cube for a dash of color and an extra burst of flavor. 

Peppermint tea is just one of the countless herbal teas available to us. Aren't we so fortunate to have these healthful, versatile, tasty teas? So simple and affordable to make, so delectable, and so good for us, too. 

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