10 Refreshing Mint Teas, Homemade Mint Iced Tea Recipe

Last updated: May 29, 2020 at 13:36 pm

Mint tea blends: flavor highlights

There’s nothing like a cup (or tall glass) of mint tea to freshen you up every day. Loose leaf mint teas are crafted using a wide variety of tea bases (black, white, and most commonly, green), and accented with a range of herbs and spices (chamomile, lemongrass, and orange peel, all the way to cucumber, lavender and chocolate). What they all have in common is the refreshing, sweet, uplifting notes of peppermint, or spearmint, or both.

How does peppermint differ from spearmint?

Both peppermint and spearmint are used to prepare mint teas. But there are some key differences in their aroma and flavor. Spearmint, with a long history of use in medicinal green teas, is mild, sweet and calming in nature. This makes it a key ingredient in a number of teas designed for sleep and relaxation. Peppermint contains menthol, which is responsible for its ‘livelier’ scent and taste, as well as its cooling effect. Though there are no fixed rules that govern mint tea recipes, peppermint is usually found in black tea blends with spicy add-ons such as ginger. Spearmint pairs well with green teas and oolongs.

Moroccan mint tea

Moroccan mint tea blends traditionally feature spearmint and Chinese Gunpowder green tea >>. Whether to consume it sweetened is up to you, but the original recipe assumes a healthy dose of sugar and it is nothing short of legendary.

Read on to find our top 10 recommended mint teas, including Moroccan Mint Tea and Peppermint Herbal Tea options.

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The Tao of Tea, Peppermint Herbal Tea, Loose Leaf

The Tao of Tea, Peppermint Herbal Tea, Loose Leaf

Peppermint, Mentha Piperita, steeps into a strongly flavored infusion that leaves a distinct cooling sensation in the mouth. It blends well with other herbs or with green tea to make an especially refreshing iced tea for summertime.
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Tea Forte Organic Green Tea, Cucumber Mint

Tea Forte Organic Green Tea, Cucumber Mint

  • ORGANIC GREEN TEA in our reusable and recyclable tea tin, each canister makes approximately 35 - 50 delicious cups
  • MINT TEA with the sweet taste of blueberries and hints of cucumber, blueberries and spearmint both have high concentrations of age-fighting antioxidants
Moroccan Mint Green Tea

Moroccan Mint Green Tea

An enlivening tea, this blend of well-rolled, winter flush green tea, spearmint and peppermint leaves is one for stimulation. It's the tea you turn to in the middle of a long day when your spirits can use a bit of pick-me-up. It's perfect for bright sunny days and breezy evenings, regardless of whether it is steeped hot or served over ice.
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Stash Tea Moroccan Mint Green Tea

Stash Tea Moroccan Mint Green Tea

MINTY, INVIGORATING GREEN TEA: Long prized as an after dinner tea, Moroccan Mint is equal parts relaxing and invigorating. Makes a delicious, cooling iced tea, but it's just as yummy hot. Mix in some honey or enjoy unadorned; you're sure to love this tea.
Tea Forte MOROCCAN MINT Loose Leaf Green Tea

Tea Forte MOROCCAN MINT Loose Leaf Green Tea

The multi-step process of steaming and pan-firing before rolling to stop the oxidation process is what yields the numerous health benefits that growing research is finding in the drinking of a cup of green tea. Drinking a cup of green tea a few times a day will provide a rich source of antioxidants and other healthful plant compounds. Tea Forte offers the same high..
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Organic Spearmint Leaf Tea

Organic Spearmint Leaf Tea

Spearmint Tea is not only cool and refreshing but incredibly versatile. Enjoy it on its own, or mix it with some of your favorite teas for an exciting new taste sensation.
Pacific Coast Mint (Caffeine Free)

Pacific Coast Mint (Caffeine Free)

Organic Peppermint, Organic Spearmint. Art of Tea's proprietary blend of organic spearmint and organic peppermint domestically grown and harvested on the picturesque Oregon and California coasts.Caffeine Content: Caffeine Free Sharp, Smooth, Refreshing
Cocomint Green

Cocomint Green

Green tea, cocoa nibs inclusion loose, natural chocolate mint flavor and peppermint leaves. Like wine and cheese, burgers and fries; chocolate and mint is a famous partnership in the world of food. We bring that popular flavor combination here, blended with green tea leaves to create a delicious, lip-smacking treat. Fresh and cool, with a smooth, sweet minty flavo..
Pink Rose Lemonade

Pink Rose Lemonade

Lemongrass, lemon myrtle, orange peel, rose petals, lemon balm, spearmint, chamomile, lavender. Blender's Notes:Pink Rose Lemonade is a swirling collage of flowers with a hint of lemon and wintergreen. Like a fancy floral confection, this delicately handcrafted tea will refresh and soothe your palate. Pink Rose Lemonade is totally guilt-free, as it has no caffeine and..
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Peppermint Sachets, Organic

Peppermint Sachets, Organic

Organic Peppermint Tea Sachets Origin: USANaturally Caffeine Free. Our US-grown Organic Peppermint pyramid sachets brew a delightfully crisp mug of fresh mint tea with light peppery notes and a full menthol aroma. Peppermint is wonderful both hot and cold brewed. Simply toss a pyramid bag in your water bottle and off you go with a refreshing alternative to plain water..
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Chill Out, Organic

Chill Out, Organic

Organic hibiscus, organic peppermint, organic licorice root. Blender's Notes:Cold Infusions are organic single-serving cold brew tea packs that pair with Steep & Go to make fresh brewed tea on-the-go. Each pack makes up to 24 oz of tea. Simply cold brew for 10-15 minutes in chilled or room temperature water.This mouthwatering 100% organic blend was specially formulate..

Mint herbal tea: tasting notes in reviews

Tea drinkers generally prefer mint teas for their “subtle”“palate cleansing” nature, and their ability to “soothe and refresh at the same time”. Classic Moroccan mint teas are spearmint based, though a number of modern variants include peppermint as well. They tend to be “sweet” and “easy to drink”“quite vegetal”“mildly minty”, with the tendency to “get bitter when oversteeped”. A strong spearmint tea works as a “good afternoon pick-me-up”; the taste of spearmint “tends to linger” for extended periods of time. Peppermint teas are often prepared with white tea bases and spicy accents for a “festive, wintery” feel. They taste “great with a little milk and sugar”, though neither is necessary.

Peppermint tea tips

Loose leaf mint and peppermint teas give you a lot of room to experiment with flavor pairings. Citrusy accents such as lemon or orange peel add a nice depth to your cup of mint tea. Most varieties of mint tea double up as refreshing iced drinks as well, especially with a slice of lemon added in.

Can you drink too much mint tea?

For all practical purposes, no. Even multiple cups of peppermint or spearmint tea will use only a handful of mint leaves. Having said that, it’s important to bear a few things in mind before making mint tea an everyday fixture. Peppermint tea is not a great match for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). That’s because peppermint can make the esophagus muscles relax, potentially worsening any acid reflux you already have. Both peppermint tea and spearmint tea should be consumed in moderation during pregnancy, and you should check with your doctor about any potential drug interactions. Too much spearmint can have an adverse effect on the liver and kidneys, so talk to your doctor about how much you can safely drink if you have any existing liver or kidney conditions.

Herbal mint teas, Pinterest design

And we promised you a homemade fresh mint iced tea recipe.

Homemade Strawberry Mint Iced Tea 

This super easy to make cold brew iced tea is healthy and inexpensive. It’s a great alternative to store bought sugary drinks. Cold brew method delivers perfectly smooth flavor with no bitterness whatsoever.

Ingredients

1 liter filtered water

2 tablespoons loose leaf green tea

½ lb fresh strawberries quartered

4 stems fresh mint or peppermint, leaves only

2 tablespoons honey (optional)

How to make

In a glass container, combine loose leaf tea and room temperature water and refrigerate overnight. Next day, filter tea leaves with a strainer. In a wide mouth glass water bottle or a pitcher, combine strawberries and mint leaves, add green tea brew and honey to taste. Leave to infuse for another 2-4 hours in room temperature. Serve over ice with a slice of lemon or cucumber. Enjoy!

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