Mint Iced Tea

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There’s nothing better than a glass of this minty and refreshing iced tea on a warm, sunny day. It’s sugar-free and made with just 3 ingredients.

Mint Iced Tea in clear cup with straw.

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Homemade Mint Iced Tea

Mint iced tea is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea that’s made by steeping dried peppermint leaves. Peppermint, an aromatic herb, is a cross between watermint and spearmint.

Mint iced tea is a great summer drink since it naturally contains a lot of menthol so it’s cooling and energizing.

The proper method to make mint iced tea is to steep tea in hot water, then to cool it down then serve it over ice. This way of making iced tea is different than mint cold brewed tea, which is made by steeping peppermint tea in cold water for several hours in the refrigerator.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Mint iced tea is a non-caffeinated drink made from peppermint tea, water, and ice.
  • This is a refreshing sugar-free version of mint iced tea.
  • You’ll need to chill this mint iced tea for at least 30 minutes so plan accordingly. 
  • The recipe makes a serving of mint iced tea (2 cups), but you can increase the recipe to make a big batch.

RELATED: Lavender Iced Tea

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for Mint Iced Tea measured out in bowls and cups.
  • Peppermint tea: This recipe uses tea sachets for an easy cleanup, but you can also steep loose peppermint tea leaves or tea bags.
  • Water: Use filtered water for the best tasting iced tea.
  • Ice: If possible, also make ice with filtered water.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Water being poured into teapot holding peppermint tea sachets.

Step 1: Put peppermint tea sachets and hot water into a teapot.

Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting.

Peppermint tea sachets steeping in teapot with lid on.

Step 2: Cover and steep.

Cold water being poured into teapot containing peppermint tea.

Step 3: Discard the tea sachets. Add cold water and refrigerate to cool the tea.

Mint Iced Tea being poured into clear cup with ice.

Step 4: Pour mint iced tea into cup with ice.

Tea Sommelier’s Notes

Use tea sachets for easy cleanup.

Tea sachets are recommended since they’re better quality than tea bags and are also easy to discard after steeping. You can also use loose peppermint tea leaves (1 tablespoon per serving) if that’s what you have.

Peppermint tea can be steeped for longer.

Since peppermint tea is an herbal infusion, it can be steeped for longer without getting too bitter and astringent. The longer you steep the peppermint tea, the stronger the flavor.

Make the mint iced tea ahead of time.

This mint iced tea can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make sure to remove the tea bags, tea sachets, or loose tea before refrigerating.

Expert Tips

  • Try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to make your mint iced tea taste brighter and more flavorful.
  • To help the tea cool down quickly, avoid using boiling hot water and use slow boiled water instead.
  • Garnish the tea with fresh mint leaves. Gently muddle the leaves in the cup to help release their flavor, then add ice and cooled down tea.
  • For a hint of sweetness, try a flavored simple syrup like ginger, strawberry, peach, or hibiscus. Start with 1 tablespoon then add more to taste.

Questions You May Have

What kind of mint is used in mint iced tea?

This recipe uses peppermint tea, but spearmint tea is the other most common type of mint tea.

Does mint iced tea contain caffeine?

No. There’s no caffeine in peppermint leaves, making it a great option for sipping on any time of day.

What is mint tea good for?

Mint tea is rich in antioxidants. Warm mint tea is often used to soothe an upset stomach and ease digestion.

Mint Iced Tea in clear cup filled with ice.

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5 from 1 vote

Mint Iced Tea

By: Jee Choe
This refreshing, sugar-free mint tea is made with just 3 ingredients and ready in 6 minutes.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Put peppermint tea sachets and ½ cup of hot water into a teapot.
    Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Set water temperature to 195°F.
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.
  • Pour ½ cup cold water into the teapot.
    Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Pour iced tea into a cup with ice.

Notes

  • Tea sachets are recommended since they’re better quality than tea bags and are also easy to discard after steeping. You can also use loose peppermint tea leaves (1 tablespoon) if that’s what you have.
  • Try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to make your mint iced tea taste brighter and more flavorful.
  • To help the tea cool down quickly, avoid using boiling hot water and use slow boiled water instead.
  • Since peppermint tea is an herbal infusion, it can be steeped for longer without getting too bitter and astringent. The longer you steep the peppermint tea, the stronger the flavor.
  • This mint iced tea can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make sure to remove the tea bags, tea sachets, or loose tea before refrigerating.

Nutrition

Calories: 6Carbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 31mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 212IUCalcium: 44mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Tea Recipes
Cuisine: American
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About Jee Choe

Welcome! I'm a certified Tea Sommelier and a self-proclaimed bubble tea and iced tea master. I'm all about making tea EASY and DELICIOUS.

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