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Mint tea is a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh mint! Make it with peppermint or spearmint for a refreshing drink.

Mint tea

Got fresh mint on hand? Try making mint tea! It’s restorative, delicious, and takes just 5 minutes to steep into a flavorful herbal tea. When Alex and I tried this for the first time, we were astounded by the flavor. Mint tea tastes fresh and bright. It’s a great way to wake up in the morning as an alternative to coffee. You can make spearmint tea or peppermint tea: use whatever variety of this tasty herb you have on hand.

How to make mint tea

Mint tea requires just two ingredients: fresh mint and water! You’ll be amazed at the amount of flavor that comes from just two ingredients. You can use any variety of mint you have to make tea: spearmint, peppermint, or chocolate mint. They all have slightly different flavors! This recipe is best to make in the summer when you’ve got lots of mint on hand, but you can make it in the winter with storebought herbs (it’s ultra refreshing). Here’s how to make mint tea:

  1. Boil: Boil a pot of water. We use an electric tea kettle (that we also use for our morning coffee).
  2. Harvest herbs: Add 8 fresh mint leaves to a mug.
  3. Steep: Pour on the water The exact quantity doesn’t matter: just fill up the mug! Allow to stand for 5 minutes, then enjoy.
How to make mint tea

Mint tea benefits

Mint is known to have medicinal benefits such as soothing upset stomachs, headaches, boosting your energy, and so forth. So, it’s possible mint tea does the same! We can’t promise that a cup of mint tea will cure all your ailments, but many people believe in the power of herbal tea. But it can’t be argued that it’s positively soothing to drink a cup! Read more about the Health Benefits of Mint.

How to grow herbs

If you’re not growing herbs in pots or garden space: you must start now! All you need is a few pots and a sunny ledge. Fresh herbs are incredible for your cooking, and you can use them to make herbal teas or even just sprinkle into olive oil as a dip. Go to How to Grow Herbs for more.

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

Mint: peppermint and spearmint

More herbal teas

You can make tea with all sorts of herbs! Here are a few more herbal tea recipes to try:

Love tea recipes? Also try our Iced Tea, Sweet Tea and Cold Brew Tea.

Spearmint tea | peppermint tea

This mint tea recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Mint tea

Easy Mint Tea

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Mint tea is a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh mint! Make it with peppermint or spearmint for a refreshing drink.


  • 8 fresh mint leaves, left on stem
  • Boiling water


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Wash the mint thoroughly.
  3. Place the mint in a mug, and pour over the boiling water. Allow the mint to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the mint and enjoy. (Alternate method: If you prefer, you can also chop the mint leaves and place them in a tea strainer before steeping.)
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Tea
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Mint tea, Spearmint tea, Peppermint tea

More herbal drinks

There are so many ways to use peppermint and spearmint outside of tea! Mint is great for infused water recipes like:

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. You said, wash the leaves troughly. If they’re picked right right off our backyard, and afterwards are going to be in boiling water, why fo they need to be washed?

  1. The easiest recipe for homemade mint tea. Works perfectly as described, I’m drinking a delicious cup right now. Beware of a typo in the directions, however, I think you meant “mint” instead of thyme. Thanks for sharing this!