Quick and Easy Summer Drinks: Fresh Mint Iced Tea

Iced tea is a staple of refreshing summer drinks. There’s no reason to purchase it off the shelf in the store packed full of preservations, artificial sweeteners, and added sugars. This ones becomes more refreshing the higher the temperature. The key here is to be very generous with the mint leaves. No matter how many you use, you cannot create an overpowering mint flavor as you’re pouring the minted water over ice and diluting it. So, be generous. Use lots of mint.


  • 15-20 leaves of fresh mint, additional ones for garnish
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • ice
  • slice of lemon (optional)


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, tear the mint leaves into halves and put into a teapot (or other pot that can be covered).
  3. Pour boiling water over the leaves and cover. Let steep for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Fill 2 drinking glasses 3/4 full of ice. Pour the hot, minted water over the ice. Garnish with lemon and fresh mint leaves and serve.

How Not to Screw It Up

  1. Don’t rush the steeping and make sure the hot water and mint leaves are covered while they steep. You’re trying to maximize the mint flavor that comes out of the leaves without losing heat from the water. If the water cools, you’ll be left with flat water rather than mint tea.
  2. You can use glass drinking vessels because you are pouring the hot water over the ice that is in the glass, so even the hottest of boiling water will not crack your glass.