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Looking for a refreshing drink with no calories or sugar? This easy mint water recipe is minty fresh and made in mere minutes of hands-on time.

Easy Mint Water Recipe

Looking for a healthy drink recipe to spice up your repertoire? This mint water recipe is seriously refreshing: and at the same time has no calories or sugar! (What’s better than that?) Alex and I have been on a quest to find interesting drinks to make drinking lots of water more fun. And this infused water is where it’s at! It takes only a few minutes of hands on time to whip up a big pitcher. Keep reading for our easy mint water recipe!

Mint water

How to make mint water

This mint water recipe requires only a bit of hands on time: it just requires some extra time to steep the mint leaves and let it chill. Make this on an evening or weeknight when you have a few extra minutes to spare.

You’ll use the mint in this recipe in two ways: first, you’ll steep it in hot water for 15 minutes to concentrate the flavor. Then, you’ll use additional fresh mint as a garnish. Here’s how to make mint water:

  • Place ¼ cup mint leaves in 1 cup boiling water and allow it to seep for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in 2 ice cubes and allow the water to come to lukewarm.
  • Pour the water in a pitcher and add 7 cups cold water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Cheater tip: This mint water actually tastes pretty good right away: so if you’re in a rush, you could serve immediately. Just use very cold water; you wouldn’t want to dilute it with ice cubes.

How to grow fresh herbs

This mint water uses lots of fresh mint: and it’s so much more fun to grow it yourself! We grow herbs all summer long, and it’s one of the most satisfying things to run out to the garden and harvest a few herbs. You don’t even need garden space: you can just grow herbs in pots as long as you have a sunny ledge! And adding herbs to your cooking is a healthy flavor addition, without adding calories. For all our tips, see How to Grow Herbs.

Want more ideas for using up mint? Try these Best Mint Recipes.

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Why drink mint water?

First of all: it’s incredibly refreshing! The aromatic flavor of this mint water is reason alone. But also, drinking loads of water is always a good thing! It’s fantastic for your health. Mint water seems like something much more special than just tap water, which makes it a great substitute for soda or other sugary drinks. It has no sugar at all: it’s just herbs and water!

Also, if you like to drink lemon water or lime water but are worried about erosion of the enamel of your teeth, mint water is a great alternative.

How long does mint water last?

Mint water lasts for about 1 day in the refrigerator. The flavor improves and intensifies during the 1 hour of refrigerating, and even for a few hours after. The flavor is best within 1 day, so it’s perfect for serving at a party. If you’re drinking it just for yourself, it’s a good way to motivate yourself to drink a full 8 cups of water in a day! Or you could make a smaller batch.

Easy mint water recipe

Looking for more water recipes?

If you like this mint water recipe, here are a few other water recipes you might enjoy!

Related: How Much Water Do I Really Need to Drink?

This mint water recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Easy Mint Water Recipe

Easy Mint Water Recipe

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


Looking for a refreshing drink with no calories or sugar? This easy mint water recipe is minty fresh and made in mere minutes of hands-on time.


  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed, plus additional sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 7 cups (64 ounces) cold water


  1. In a heat proof bowl or liquid measuring cup, add the mint leaves and boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes, then stir in 2 ice cubes.
  2. Discard the mint and place the mint water in a pitcher. Add the cold water and the additional mint sprigs.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, more if time. Flavor is best within 1 day.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Mint water recipe, Easy mint water, Mint water,

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. I just made this and am in love. We have a ton of mint in our garden and I am so excited to make more. Thank you!

  2. Cool idea. I don’t understand the “use all the mint” and then add “additional sprigs”. Can you explain? Thanks.

  3. Hello,
    I made this using a combination of peppermint and spearmint leaves. When I tasted the final product, it just tasted like watered down peppermint tea. I had mint water a friend made years ago, and it had a super cooling effect drinking it. This had none of that, like I was expecting. I just wondered why?