Here’s how to make mint tea with fresh mint either hot or iced. This inexpensive recipe is healthy, tasty, and comforting to the digestive system. Try this caffeine-free recipe after your next meal and enjoy the refreshment.

Glass tea cup filled with tea on a glass plate with mint garnish.

Mint Tea Benefits

Who would have thought that just a few fresh leaves could make a delicious drink that is healthy and calorie-free? Mint tea is a one-ingredient drink that can be enjoyed in the morning, after meals, or at any time of day.

Besides being a naturally caffeine-free drink, mint herbal tea has incredible health benefits. The tiny aromatic mint leaves are a potent source of antioxidants that can help protect your body from damage caused by free radicals. 

Mint tea is excellent for the digestive system. It contains a compound called menthol, which can ease indigestion and soothe IBS symptoms and upset tummies. Menthol is also what gives it that minty zing.

This study shows that peppermint oil can help with IBS symptoms. But, of course, be sure to talk to your doctor to make sure that the essential oil is okay for you.

Ever since I started drinking mint tea made with fresh leaves instead of dried leaves, I’ve been hooked. The difference in flavor is so obvious, although you can make it using herbs or dried mint leaves.

Close up view of tea in a glass with mint on top.

Benefits of Homemade Mint Tea

  • Mint tea is one of the easiest teas to make; as soon as you know how to make it, you’ll never need to buy mint tea bags again.
  • Fresh mint has much more flavor than dried mint! So, if you want the tastiest cup of fresh peppermint tea, it’s best to brew it fresh from fresh peppermint leaves. 
  • It’s one of the most refreshing and versatile drinks you can have. Mint tea is an excellent breakfast tea, an ideal drink for after a meal as a digestive aid, or even as a warming drink before you go to bed. 

What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe

Making mint tea is so simple! All you need is fresh mint, hot water, and something to make it in. Here are some details on what you need:

1. Glasses or Cups

Mint tea can be served hot or cold in any cup, mug, or glass, and there are no special requirements for serving it. 

2. A Teapot (for hot tea)

I know that one cup of mint tea is usually not enough. It’s just too delicious! Why not make a pot of tea for yourself to enjoy? Or share it with friends or family. 

3. A Glass Pitcher (for iced tea)

For making cold tea, you’ll need a glass pitcher or jug to make it and store it in the refrigerator. You’ll also need ice cubes for serving.

That’s it! Remember, even if you don’t have a teapot, you can still make and enjoy mint tea by making it directly in your cup or mug, or you can use a pot on the stove. 

Glass filled with tea, ice, lemon and mint.

Ingredients and Substitutes

Mint tea made with freshly picked mint leaves is not just a tasty drink – it’s also a refreshing experience. The aroma is out of this world, especially when serving it hot! 

Fresh Mint Leaves

The best mint tea is made with a handful of fresh mint leaves. If you have some growing in your garden or a pot inside, it’s ideal.

If you don’t have your own mint plant, fresh mint from the produce section of your supermarket or grocery store will do just fine. Don’t be afraid to buy a bunch of fresh herbs; mint will keep in your refrigerator for 7 to 10 days if you roll it up in a damp paper towel to store it. 

You can use any type of mint. I love spearmint because it has such a delicate flavor, and it’s a little sweeter than peppermint, which is stronger and has a more cooling effect. 

If it’s impossible to find fresh mint leaves, you can use dried mint. Although it’s not as flavorful, it’s still good. For every stalk of fresh mint, use a teaspoon of dried mint leaves. 

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.


Fresh mint tea is tasty without added sweetness, but if you choose to sweeten your tea, you can use any sweetener you enjoy, including maple syrup or honey. Use as much or as little sweetener as you like. 


When making iced mint tea, add ice cubes when you serve it. If you love mint as I do and want to double up on minty flavor, freeze mint leaves in your ice cubes. I also like freezing berries in ice cubes and using them in my tea for a pop of color and flavor. 

Optional Extras

Add your favorite teabag to the mint if you enjoy black or green tea. You can also add chamomile flowers, slices of ginger, or lemon slices to warm mint tea.

When making cold mint tea, add slices of strawberry to the mint before you pour the hot water over. The tea slightly absorbs the delicate strawberry flavor, and it’s so tasty.

Two glasses filled with tea and mint leaves.

Recipe Steps for Hot Mint Tea

Step One

Preheat your teapot with hot water, if you wish.

Then, empty the teapot and add fresh mint leaves into the pot.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Fill the teapot with very hot water (not boiling water) and let it sit for at least 5 minutes.

Step Three

Pour the tea through a strainer and serve hot.

Recipe Steps for Iced Mint Tea

Step One

Place the mint leaves in a teapot.

Cover with very hot water and let it steep for about 5 minutes.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Let the teapot cool down naturally and then place it in the refrigerator.

Alternatively, you can strain the tea using a fine mesh strainer, place it in a pitcher, and then place the pitcher in the fridge.

Step Three

Serve the cooled mint tea with ice. Enjoy!

Whether you choose the hot homemade mint tea or the iced version, I hope you enjoy this great tea!

You may also like my recipe for Honey Lemon Tea.

iced mint tea in a glass with a straw.

Recipe FAQs

Why should the mint be rolled before making the mint tea?

Rolling the leaves in your hands will release the mint oil and all the flavor that comes with it. It’s what gives fresh mint tea that tasty zing that will keep you making it over and over again. 

Where do I find fresh mint?

Most fresh produce sections in supermarkets have mint along with other herbs. You could also buy a mint plant and grow it in a pot inside or outside in a semi-shaded area. It’s a hardy plant that grows and spreads quickly. You could plant different varieties to mix up your tea flavors.

Can I use any kind of mint to make fresh mint tea?

Absolutely! There are over 600 varieties of mint, and many of them are delicious. My favorite types of mint are spearmint and orange mint. There’s even chocolate mint for the chocaholics out there!

What is Moroccan mint tea?

Moroccan mint tea is different than plain mint tea. It is often mixed with green tea and can include other flavors.

Does mint tea have caffeine?

Unlike black tea or green tea, a mug of plain mint tea made with just mint leaves and hot water will not contain any caffeine.

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Glass teacup with tea and mint leaves.

How to Make Mint Tea (Hot or Iced)

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Here’s how to make mint tea with fresh mint either hot or iced. This inexpensive recipe is healthy, tasty, and comforting to the digestive system. Try this caffeine-free recipe after your next meal and enjoy the refreshment.

  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • Boiling water to fill the teapot
  • 4 cups of boiling water for the tea
  • 4 stalks of fresh mint leaves and stems, washed well
  • Sweetener (optional)


  1. Bring water to a boil and fill your teapot to the brim. 
  2. Boil another 4 cups of water for the tea.
  3. While the water heats up, your teapot will warm up from the hot water in it. 
  4. Roll the mint leaves and stems between your palms until it’s crushed. 
  5. When the tea water boils, empty the teapot.
  6. Place the mint into the teapot.
  7. Pour the tea water over the crushed mint and put the lid on. 
  8. Let the tea steep for five minutes.
  9. Pour yourself a tasty cup of tea, straining out the infused tea from the mint leaves.
  10. Stir some sweetener of your choice into your tea if you want to.
  11. Enjoy hot.


  1. To Make Iced Mint Tea: Boil 4 cups of water. Roll the mint leaves and stems between your palms until it’s crushed. Place the mint into a heat-proof glass pitcher or teapot. Pour the boiled water over the crushed mint. Cover the container or put the lid on. Let the tea cool down before putting it in the refrigerator. The entire cooling process should take around an hour. Serve with ice cubes, garnish with fresh mint leaves, and enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 9.6 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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