How to Make Mint Tea

Need a little more "pep in your step"? Brew some homemade mint tea!  

One whiff of fresh peppermint is an instant mood booster. And the energizing effects of spearmint tea can last for hours.   

basic mint tea recipe

Dried spearmint for herbal teaDried Spearmint for Homemade Mint Tea

This recipe makes one serving. For more servings, use a large tea pot and increase the amount of herbs and water proportionally.


  • Mint leaves ~ 5 or 6 fresh mint leaves OR 1 Tbsp. dried  (Use any variety of mint you like. Spearmint is my choice for this demo.) 

  • Hot water  ~ 8 ounces (237 ml) 

Brewing Method

1.  Put water to boil over medium-high heat. While the water is warming ...

2. Prep your mint for brewing. If you're using dried leaves, rub them between your fingers to crunch them up.  If you're using fresh herbs, cut or tear them into small-ish pieces.  

3. Put the mint into your teapot or infuser.

4. When your water has just barely reached the boiling point, pour it over your mint leaves; and let your tea steep (covered) for about 5 minutes. 

5. When steeping time is over, remove the infuser and set it aside ...

 ... and enjoy your "homegrown" mint tea!!!

Sweet Orange Apple Mint Tea Recipe

Do you prefer a blend of mints in your tea? With just a few varieties of mint from your herbal tea garden, lots of unique flavor combos are possible!

Freshly brewed mint herbal teaSweet Orange Apple Mint Tea
(Cookies are Optional - But Highly Recommended!)

Sweet Orange Apple Mint Tea is a blend of two herbs: orange mint (a/k/a "citrus mint") and apple mint.    

Apple mint gives this tea a light "Macintosh-y" scent and taste. Citrus mint adds a bit of zing.  I usually stir in a spoonful or two of homemade stevia syrup at serving time for added sweetness! 

This soothing tea will warm your innards on a chilly winter day. Or sip it from a frosty, ice-filled glass when the summer heat is getting to you. Either way, it's delish!


  • Apple mint ~ 5 fresh leaves or 1 tsp. dried

  • Orange mint ~ 6 fresh leaves or 1 tsp. dried

  • Stevia ~ homemade stevia liquid, to taste 

  • Hot water ~ 10 ounces (296 ml)

Helpful Hint:  Please don't hesitate to experiment with this recipe.  Change the amounts of apple mint, citrus mint, and stevia to  suit your personal taste! 

brewing method

Sweet Orange Apple Mint Tea is brewed almost the same way as the Basic Mint Tea recipe (see above). The only difference is the steeping time.

An extra few minutes of steeping coaxes a richer flavor from the apple mint. For this recipe, 8 - 10 minutes of steeping time is perfect!

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