Garden to Cup: Easy Steps on How to Make Refreshing Mint Tea at Home

How to Make Mint Tea from the Garden

Gardening is not only a rewarding hobby but can also provide you with an abundance of fresh and aromatic herbs. One such herb that thrives in gardens is mint, known for its refreshing flavor and numerous health benefits. In this blog post, we will guide you through the simple steps of making delicious mint tea using freshly picked leaves from your very own garden.

Gathering Fresh Mint Leaves

The first step in preparing mint tea is harvesting fresh mint leaves from your garden. Ideally, it’s best to pick the leaves early in the morning when their oils are at their peak concentration. Take care to choose healthy-looking sprigs of mint without any signs of yellowing or wilting.

Cleaning and Preparing the Leaves

Once you have gathered a sufficient amount of mint leaves, it’s important to give them a thorough rinse under running water. This helps remove any dirt or impurities that might be lingering on the surface. After washing, gently pat dry the leaves with a clean kitchen towel or let them air dry for a few minutes.

Brewing Mint Tea: The Traditional Method

Making traditional hot mint tea involves boiling water and steeping the freshly harvested leaves. Here’s how:

  1. In a kettle or pot, bring fresh water to boil.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, take around 10-12 washed mint sprigs (or adjust according to taste) and place them into a teapot or heat-resistant jug.
  3. Pour boiling water over the mint sprigs until they are fully submerged.
  4. Cover the teapot/jug with its lid or use another suitable cover like a small plate or saucer.
  5. Allow the mint leaves to steep for about 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you prefer your tea.
  6. Finally, strain the tea into a cup using a fine-mesh sieve or strainer, and it’s ready to be enjoyed!

Variations: Iced Mint Tea

If you prefer a cool and refreshing option for those hot summer days, try making homemade iced mint tea. Here’s what you need:

  • Freshly brewed mint tea (using the traditional method mentioned above)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon wedges (optional)
  • Honey or sweetener of choice (optional)

To prepare the iced version:

    Mint-infused Simple Syrup Method:

    This method adds an extra minty flavor to your drink.

  1. In a saucepan, combine equal parts water and sugar over medium heat until fully dissolved. For example, use one cup of each if needed... .*