Fresh Mint Tea – delicious and super refreshing caffeine-free, dairy-free and sugar-free herbal tea made with fresh mint leaves. The stress buster herbal mint tea is a great way to unwind and relax after a long day.
Once you try this homemade mint tea you will never go back to store-bought dried mint tea. It is also called pudina chai but traditionally Indian mint tea is made with tea leaves/tea bags and ginger. A hot cup of mint tea and other caffeine-free herbal tea such as Hibiscus Tea, Turmeric Ginger Cinnamon Tea, Kashayam make a great winter warmer.
Fresh mint is made with just 3 ingredients available in a grocery store. Mint is one of the fresh herbs with various health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory properties and help get rid of bad breath. It is a popular ingredient used in several food and drinks ranging from drinks - masala lassi, herbal tea to sauces such as Indian yogurt mint sauce to chutneys for example green chutney, salads such as corn cucumber tomato salad, Indian onion salad, and rice dishes such as pudina pulao, vegetable pulao. Mint leaves infuse fresh flavor and refreshing aroma into the dishes or drinks.
As this refreshing mint tea is made with fresh herbs rather than tea leaves or tea bags, it is considered a herbal tea. It is a great drink to have after dinner or before bedtime without worrying about staying awake for a long time. It helps to soothe an upset stomach.
Fresh Mint Tea Recipe Variations
Add few lemon slices and a dash of lemon juice for added flavour and a zing to your tea.
For a vegan version, substitute honey with maple syrup, agave or brown sugar.
To make an iced mint tea, allow the brewed tea to cool down and then refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until you are ready to serve. Pour over a glass with ice cubes and a few mint sprigs. Enjoy iced tea on hot summer days.
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How to make fresh mint tea?
The best part of this tea is that it’s so easy to make yourself and it tastes absolutely delicious on its own without any add-ons. All it requires is a cup of water, few fresh mint leaves, a saucepan to brew the tea and 5 minutes of your time. The key is to tear up the mint leaves to infuse maximum flavour.
Which variety of mint can be used to make mint tea?
Among different varieties of mint available, any edible mint such as peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, lemon balm, ginger mint, orange mint, apple mint can be used. Usually called fresh peppermint tea, spearmint tea and so on based on the type of leaves you use. You can mix different kinds of mint together to make your own blend or keep it simple with just one type. Basically, it is a matter of personal taste not the kind of mint.
Regardless of the type of mint used, I personally prefer fresh mint over dried leaves as the flavour profile of fresh mint tea is just not comparable with its dried counterpart. Fresh leaves infuse refreshing and soothing menthol flavour, sweet aroma, while dried leaves can turn the tea bitter if brewed longer and flavours are rather dull.
Find the quantities and a short video in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Bring water to a rolling boil.
Tear the mint leaves and add in water.
Switch off the heat, close the lid and steep the tea for 5 minutes.
Mix in honey to the tea.
Strain the hot mint tea in a tea cup and enjoy refreshing and soothing tea immediately.
There are no definite measurements for this fragrant tea recipe. Feel free to add as many mint leaves as you desire and adjust the honey to suit your desired taste.
Ensure to tear mint leaves before adding them to water to get the maximum minty flavor out of them.
The more you steep, the stronger your tea will be.
You may leave out honey if you wish to enjoy plain mint flavoured tea.
Add honey to the hot tea but make sure not to boil it further.
📖 Recipe Card
Fresh Mint Tea
- 1 Saucepan
- 1 Spoon
1 Cup = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
- Fresh Mint Leaves handful
- 2 cups Water
- 1 Teaspoon Honey
- In a saucepan, bring water to a rolling boil on medium-high heat.2 cups Water
- Tear the mint leaves and add them to water. Turn off the heat.Fresh Mint Leaves
- Close the saucepan and steep for 4-5 minutes or longer for strong flavour.
- Remove the lid, mix in honey and divide the tea into cups.1 Teaspoon Honey
- Enjoy refreshing and soothing mint tea.
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