I started growing mint for the first time in my AeroGarden in January & if there’s one thing that I’ve learned since then, it’s that mint grows like no one’s business. I heard about this, so I was aware of its prolific growth, but I didn’t really understand just how crazy it would get. Now I know how crazy it gets. Mint grows like a weed & you can only hope to tame it. Since I am now mint-wealthy I have been scrounging Google looking for ways to cook with it. My favorite way so far is to make a simple mint herbal tea. I’ve been whipping up a storm making it over & over again for months now. It’s just so refreshing & easy to make (spoiler alert: all you need is mint leaves & water). Keep on reading to find out how to make fresh mint tea.
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- Cup of water
- Sugar to taste (optional)
- Microwave a cup of water for 2 minutes.
- Remove from microwave & stir in mint leaves. Cover the cup with a napkin & let steep for 5-7 minutes.
- Remove napkin & stir again. Remove mint leaves (optional). Add sugar (optional).
- Make this into iced tea by waiting until it’s cool, pouring it into a glass, adding more water & adding ice.
- Substitute honey for sugar.
- Mint tea is fantastic if you are feeling a little under the weather.
If you’ve read my recipes before you know that I love an involved recipe, but sometimes you just want to make something simple & relax. This is by far the simplest way to enjoy homegrown herbs. No cooking, no chopping, no mess & no fuss. It’s just mint leaves & water. I’m currently sipping on the pictured cup of tea as I type. Anyone can make it & it’s totally foolproof.
Anyone can do it & it’s totally foolproof kinda describes the mint itself really. If you’re reading this & you haven’t grown mint before, then this is your sign to do it. It’s so nice being able to make tea using just one plant that you’re already growing. All I have to do is mosey on over to it & snip off a few stems & I’m good to go. But do take heed, I am growing my mint indoors so it can only conquer so much space. Mint outside truly knows no bounds. My dad planted it as groundcover a few years ago & he fought to get rid of it for years later. It just keeps coming back. I’ve read that it’s best to grow mint outdoors in a pot that’s not sitting on soil because if the roots get to the soil it will take over. So, keep that in mind.
Now go on & make yourself some mint tea!