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Freshly Brewed Ice Tea with Fresh Mint

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What can be more thirst quenching on a hot summer day than a tall glass of fresh brewed iced tea over ice with lemon and fresh mint leaves…

Spearmint is always the first thing to bloom in my garden every spring. As it sprouts each Spring, it always brings back memories of my childhood as Mom would always put fresh mint in our iced tea. Funny how smells can take you back in time, I just can’t walk past my mint without pleasant thoughts of iced tea.

Making home brewed tea is very simple. You can use orange pekoe or black tea for traditional iced tea or experiment with fruit flavors like passion fruit, peach, mango, pomegranate which are especially nice if you aren’t using sugar.

Brew your tea and discard the tea bags before refrigerating. Serve with fresh lemon slices or fresh fruit if you are using fruit tea. Add the lemon slices right before serving to avoid a bitter taste. For sweet tea add the sugar, agave, honey or Splenda with the boiled water so it dissolves (extra calories and points).

Freshly Brewed Ice Tea with Fresh Mint

3 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 6 tea bags of your choice
  • 6 cups water
  • a few sprigs of mint leaves
  • one lemon sliced for serving


  • Boil 2 cups of water, add 6 tea bags to boiling water and let the tea steep for about 15 minutes without moving, if you are making sweet tea add sweetener.
  • Discard tea bags (do not squeeze or tea will be bitter) and combine with remaining cold water and fresh mint.
  • Refrigerate.
  • Serve over ice with fresh lemon.

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Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 3 kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.8 g, Sodium: 0.1 mg, Sugar: 0.2 g


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37 comments on “Freshly Brewed Ice Tea with Fresh Mint”

  1. Recipe for mint tea – but doesnโ€™t mention when to put the mint in.
    When tea is brewing or afterwards with lemon?

    1. “Discard tea bags (do not squeeze or tea will be bitter) and combine with remaining cold water and fresh mint.” ๐Ÿ™‚

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    this sounds great. I have to ask is there a recipe on how you can brew hot tea with fresh mints? I tried doing loose tea with an infuser but I cant get it right. Can you help me?

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  5. AWESOMEEE ! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I just made one 1 glass for myself as a tryout and it turned out to be just aaamzing !

    .. thaank a lot for posting refreshing drinks. Love your blog. x

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    Jennifer Burns

    I just made this iced tea this past weekend and it was delish! My husband already drank it all and I'm making another pitcher tonight. Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  7. I love the taste of mint in my tea but when I use the fresh spearmint from my garden I notice it taste a bit "grassy". I have now tried just using the leaves not the stem. Do you have any suggestions? Thank You!

  8. Love your tea idea. Here are a few other ways to use mint (and a great way to get kids to drink h20):