12 Mint Recipes to Try

Here are all the best mint recipes! Fresh mint is incredibly versatile, great for drinks, salads, desserts….and even pesto.


Got loads of fresh mint? This stuff runs rampant in the summer. Lucky for you, there are so many ways to use this incredible fresh herb! Mint is one of the most versatile of herbs: it works just as well in savory and sweet recipes! Add it to drinks and cocktails for the best refreshing flavor. Pull off beautiful leaves to garnish desserts, or throw it into salads to make a beautiful green pop. You can even use it to make pesto…which tastes just as delicious as basil pesto! Here are all our favorite ways to use this beautiful herb. Let’s get cooking!

And now…the best mint recipes to try!

Mint benefits

While not all recipes above use a large quantity of mint, drinking mint tea or mint water is a good way to get more mint in your life! (Or making that mint pesto…yum!) Mint is known to have health benefits such as:

  • soothing upset stomachs
  • relieving headaches
  • boosting your energy

Read more about the Health Benefits of Mint here!

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Easy Mint Water Recipe

Mint Water Recipe

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


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.



  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
  • 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.
  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 Recipes, Mint Water

More herb recipes

Summer is the best time to cook with herbs! Here are a few more of our collections of recipes with fresh herbs:

  • Basil Recipes Basil is king in the summer! Try pesto, pizza, pasta and more.
  • Cilantro Recipes Cilantro is all about big flavor! It’s perfect in sauces, salsa, and guacamole.
  • Dill Recipes Dill has a unique flavor! Try it in dips, potato salad, and of course…pickles.
  • Tarragon Vinegar Make DIY vinegar with this fresh herb! It’s easy to infuse subtle herby flavor, great for salad dressings and roasted vegetables.
  • Chives Recipes The best recipes with this garlicky, oniony fresh herb, from dips to potato soup.
  • Parsley Recipes Parsley adds an herby brightness, perfect for salads and main dishes.
  • Rosemary Recipes This herb’s evergreen flavor is perfect for adding flavor to potatoes, breads, dips and more.
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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