Mint Lemonade

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This cooling, caffeine-free 4-ingredient mint lemonade is ready in minutes! Learn to make the classic summer drink with an easy step-by-step recipe.

Mint Lemonade in clear glass with sliced lemons.

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Homemade Mint Lemonade

Mint lemonade is a classic drink that’s refreshing and herbaceous. It’s the perfect, cooling beverage on a hot summer day.

This easy 4-ingredient recipe uses peppermint tea instead of fresh mint so you can make a glass even if you don’t have any herbs on hand.

The caffeine-free tea is poured over lemonade to create a pretty layered drink that’s sweet, tart, and fully of mint flavor.

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Recipe Highlights

  • This refreshing caffeine-free drink is made with mint tea, water, lemonade, and ice.
  • A mint tea concentrate is made by steeping herbal mint tea in hot water, then cooling it down.
  • Since the lemonade is sweet, there’s no need for additional sugar.
  • This recipe makes 16 ounces (2 cups) of mint lemonade but can easily be doubled to make a full pitcher.

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Ingredient Notes

Mint Lemonade ingredients measured in cups.
  • Mint tea: Tea bags make cleanup easy, but you can also use sachets or loose tea.
  • Lemonade: Use homemade lemonade or your favorite store-bought brand.
  • Water: Filtered water makes the best tasting tea.
  • Ice: Also use filtered water to make ice.

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

Step-by-Step Instructions

Pouring hot water into a teapot with tea bags.

Step 1: Put mint tea bags and hot water into a teapot.

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

Tea steeping in a teapot.

Step 2: Cover and steep. Strain out tea and let cool.

Pouring lemonade into a cup with ice and lemonade

Step 3: Pour lemonade into a cup with ice. Optional: Garnish with thinly sliced lemon.

Pouring mint tea into a cup with lemonade, ice and lemonade

Step 4: Add cooled down mint tea.

Recipe Notes

To create layers, start with the lemonade.

The secret to making drink with layers is the order of ingredients.

Start with the sweetest ingredients at the bottom of the glass, then add the ones with less sugar.

In this recipe, that means adding the lemonade first since that’s sweetened, followed by the unsweetened mint tea.

Mint tea can be steeped for longer.

Tea should be steeped at a specific time and temperature for the best flavor, but herbal tisanes like mint won’t get bitter if they’re left in hot water for longer.

The flavor of the tea will just get stronger.

Make the tea ahead of time.

The mint tea can be steeped in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Mix with the lemonade when ready to serve.

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Tea Sommelier’s Tips

  • To adjust the sugar levels, use homemade lemonade instead of store-bought.
  • Make a fruity mint lemonade by adding syrups like strawberry or peach. This will also make the drink sweeter due to the additional sugar in the syrup.
  • Add a black tea bag in the teapot with the mint tea to make it a caffeinated drink.
  • Garnish the drink with fresh mint leaves.
  • For a pretty finishing touch, line cups with thinly sliced lemons before adding the ice and drink.

Questions You May Have

Is it okay to drink mint daily?

Mint can be consumed daily and has many health benefits. It’s known to help relieve digestive issues, alleviate congestion, and ease headaches. However, one possible side effect of drinking mint tea is heartburn. If that’s a condition you’re prone to, you may want to avoid mint.

What flavors go well mint?

Mint pairs nicely with many flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, lemon, cranberry, blackberry, and peach.

Does mint lemonade have caffeine?

No, mint lemonade is a caffeine-free drink. This recipe uses an herbal mint tea, which is made purely from peppermint leaves.

Mint Lemonade in clear cup with sliced lemons.

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5 from 1 vote

Mint Lemonade

By: Jee Choe
This cooling, caffeine-free 4-ingredient mint lemonade is ready in minutes.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

  • 2 mint tea bags
  • cup hot water
  • 1 cup ice
  • cup lemonade
  • 2 lemon slices, (optional garnish)

Instructions 

  • Put mint tea bags and ⅓ 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. Remove tea bag and let tea cool.
    Herbal teas like mint can be steeped for longer without getting bitter.
  • Pour lemonade into a cup with ice. Add cooled down mint tea.
    Optional: Garnish with thinly sliced lemon.

Notes

  • Tea bags make cleanup easy, but you can also use sachets or loose tea.
  • Tea should be steeped at a specific time and temperature for the best flavor, but herbal tisanes like mint won’t get bitter if they’re left in hot water for longer. The flavor of the tea will just get stronger.
  • The mint tea can be steeped in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Mix with the lemonade when ready to serve.
  • Make a fruity mint lemonade by adding syrups like strawberry or peach. This will also make the drink sweeter.
  • Add a black tea bag in the teapot with the mint tea to make it a caffeinated drink.
  • Garnish the drink with fresh mint leaves.
  • For a pretty finishing touch, line cups with thinly sliced lemons before adding the ice and drink.

Nutrition

Calories: 80Carbohydrates: 20gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 19gCalcium: 9mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
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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