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Delicious home made mint tea

Making homemade mint tea is easy, and even better if made with mint you have grown in your garden. Here are the easy how to instructions on making mint tea.

Mint grows back quickly, so don't be afraid to use it liberally.
Mint grows back quickly, so don't be afraid to use it liberally.
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So easy to make, mint tea is even better made with homegrown mint.
So easy to make, mint tea is even better made with homegrown mint.
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Ingredients

  • A large handful of fresh chemical free mint leaves (preferably harvested from your garden)
  • 2 - 3 cups boiling water
  • Honey to taste

Instructions

  • Tear the mint leaves with your hands
  • Place in small strainer in a medium sized glass bowl that is large enough to contain the water.
  • Pour the boiling water over the leaves. The water should cover the leaves in the strainer.
  • Gently press the mint leaves with the back of a wooden spoon to release the essential oils.
  • Cover the bowl lightly with a tea towel or dish cloth.
  • Let the mint leaves steep for at least 5 minutes, then press the leaves to release as much liquid as possible.
  • Remove the strainer.
  • Pour tea into a tea cup or mug and sweeten with honey to taste if desired.

For iced mint tea: same directions but add the honey while still warm, then place in a pitcher to cool. Once it has cooled to room temperature, store in refrigerator. Serve over ice.

Note, this recipe can be made with all sorts of mints. Spearmint, peppermint, orange mint, chocolate mint, the possibilities are endless.

For interesting facts about tea, herbal and otherwise, please see http://www.teadiscussion.com.