Homemade mint tea can be brewed any time of the year. You can brew it during the holidays and spice it up with the addition of aromatics such as cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger and nutmeg, or you can make this versatile drink during the summer served with a ton of crushed ice, fresh local honey and a squeeze of lemon. No matter when or how you decide to make it, fresh mint tea is a versatile, flavourful and delightfully scented addition to your beverage repertoire.
Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil in a kettle or pot.
Place 1 cup of fresh mint leaves in a tea pot or other heat proof container.
Pour the boiling water over the mint leaves and allow them to steep for 10 minutes. Serve immediately or place the tea in your fridge to chill for iced mint tea.
If you desire a strong mint flavour you can use the ratio of 1.5:4. Use 1 1/2 cups of mint leaves to 4 cups of boiling water. Honey and lemon are excellent additions to fresh mint tea. You can also use this recipe for alcoholic beverages such as mint juleps, or you can heavily sweeten the tea and use it in place of simple syrup in mojitos.
Do not boil the mint leaves directly in the water as the leaves will cook and give the beverage an unpleasant flavour.