Easy to make and deliciously refreshing, this Peppermint Iced Tea is the perfect summer refreshment!
Whenever I’m out of the house during summer, I can’t wait to go home to have the coolest peppermint tea. I always have that in my fridge when the weather’s becoming hotter.
You know mints… the cooling sensation when you drink it up. Oh! Much better if I fill my glass with ice. I like that better than soda. And I’m glad that my kids love it, too.
Although there are a lot out there to buy, I prefer making it. Sure, you can make a quick cup with peppermint tea bags and room temperature water or just whip up a cold brew peppermint iced tea, but the truth is that tea steeps best in a warmer water temperature and the extra step is SO worth it.
It’s very easy and you know it’s always fresh. What’s more, you get to use your favorite mint tea.
Because peppermint tea is a herbal tea, just like most herbal teas, it can do a lot of good to our body…It also contains zero caffeine, which makes it great for any time of the day or night. The high menthol content of peppermint provides a sharper and fresher flavor besides being the source of health benefits.
It’s truly refreshing to have on a regular basis, just to have a big glass of peppermint iced tea to relax. And love it with delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies! Yummy!
Plus, peppermint tea makes for great virgin mojitos for anytime you’re wanting to not break out the booze.
So, let’s warm up teapot or electric kettle and get to acting like tea professionals because this just got real minty up in here.
Peppermint Iced Tea
Ingredients to Make Iced Peppermint Tea:
- 1 cups of Hot Water (not boiling water – you don’t want to burn the leaves)
- ½ to 1 tablespoons dried Peppermint Leaves (paid link)
- 1 teaspoons Sugar or Honey (I used Honey, but you can use any optional sweetener to the desired strength of sweetness)
- 1 cup Ice (leave this out if you desire hot tea as opposed to iced tea)
To make a pitcher or glass jar of peppermint tea, just determine how many cups of water your heatproof pitcher will hold, then make increase the recipe to equal that. Make it in a gallon container, then cover pitcher with a tight lid and store it in the fridge for a refreshing drink the next day even.
This iced tea recipe is truly versatile and can be enjoyed chilled as noted in the recipe below, at room temperature or as hot peppermint tea. You can even use less water for a sharper mint flavor, or a daring gourmet chef might add a little more honey than the recipe calls for to sweeten it for a dessert refresher. I’ve even had my kiddos add apple juice to make an apple peppermint iced tea recipe!
How to Make Peppermint Tea:
- Heat your water in a large pot over medium temperature setting or microwave it in a glass container that is heat safe.
- Steep mint leaves for 5 minutes. Keep in mind, a longer steeping time of dried mint leaves may give a bitter aftertaste. If you don’t have dried peppermint leaves, fresh peppermint leaves can be used. To do this, just use a handful of fresh mint leaves in place of the dried. However, fresh leaves have a sharper flavor. Most of the time, I use dried leaves. If you are using fresh mint leaves, steep for 10 minutes. Drain the leaves before the color gets too dark. Fresh mint leaves will give a brighter tea, unlike dried mint leaves.
- Add honey and stir.
- Pour the tea into 2 tall glasses filled with ice. Add fresh lemon juice or a fun lemon slice garnish.
Variations to Make a Great Tea from Normal Tea:
- Add a slice of pineapple or a splash of pineapple juice for pineapple mint tea.
- Stir your tea with a cinnamon stick to give it a fun holiday flavor in the winter (even if its summertime).
- Use some lime juice or slices of limes to capture the crisp taste of peppermint and add a bit of zing too.
- Add strawberry slices because the sweet flavors of fruit contrast the minty pop.
- Cut a 2-inch piece of ginger for a really wonderful ginger mint tea.
- Add a slice of orange for an undeniably unique orange mint tea.
- Add a splash of creme de cocoa for a boozy homemade chocolate mint tea blend for girls night.
I'm loving this easy-to-make and deliciously refreshing Peppermint Iced Tea. It is the perfect summer refreshment everyone loves.
- 1 cup Hot Water
- ½ to 1 Tbsp dried Peppermint Leaves
- 1 tsp Sugar or Honey (I used Honey)
- 1 cup Ice
- Steep mint leaves for 5 minutes. Keep in mind, a longer steeping time of dried mint leaves may give a bitter aftertaste. If you don't have dried peppermint leaves, fresh peppermint leaves can be used. To do this, just use a handful of fresh mint leaves in place of the dried. However, fresh leaves have a sharper flavor. Most of the time, I use dried leaves. If you are using fresh mint leaves, steep for 10 minutes. Drain the leaves before the color gets too dark. Fresh mint leaves will give a brighter tea, unlike dried mint leaves.
- Add honey and stir.
- Pour the tea into 2 tall glasses filled with ice.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 41Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g
Ready to make the tea or not, don’t forget to pin this in your favorite drinks Pinterest board so you can find this recipe again anytime.