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Iced Mint Citrus Tea

Today, a bit of refreshment inspired by the greenmarket.

Last summer, when I was newly pregnant with my now 6-month-old daughter, there wasn't much that I was interested in ingesting. Three of the few things that didn't nauseate me (most of the time) were citrus, ice and mint. To my delight, I discovered that the guy selling honey, maple syrup and free-range chickens at my local greenmarket also peddled a seriously refreshing iced mint and citrus tea, sweetened with his own maple syrup. I don't think I missed a single Saturday greenmarket visit that summer -- I looked forward to those icy, lightly sweet cups of non-caffeinated tea all week long.

This summer, I decided to get smart and make some myself. The helpful ingredient list on the self-serve cooler reads: "Mint tea, lemon juice, lime juice, honey, maple syrup." So, a few weeks ago, armed with a huge bunch of mint, I set to work.

First, I poured boiling water over the mint leaves, covered the pot and let the tea steep until the water cooled to lukewarm. Then, I strained the tea, gently pressing the leaves to extract all possible mintiness.

Mint Tea Straining mint tea

While the tea was still slightly warm, I stirred in a combination of honey and maple syrup (Grade A). The residual heat helps dissolve the honey more quickly.

Pressing mint leaves Honey and Maple Syrup

Once the tea was completely cool, I juiced a lemon and a lime, straining out any fibers and pips (you want nice, clear tea), and stirred the juice into the tea.

Lemons and limes Iced Mint Citrus Tea

I chilled the finished tea, and once it was nice and cold I poured it over plenty of ice to serve. I still get a cup whenever I pass by the maple syrup/honey/chicken guy at the market, but now I don't have to limit myself to Saturdays -- I can have this tea all week long!

Iced Mint and Citrus Tea

Makes 3 quarts

  • 1 large bunch mint (I prefer spearmint to peppermint)
  • 1/3 cup mild honey (plus more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (plus more to taste)
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lime

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Tags: mint tea, mint, lemon, lime, honey, maple syrup, greenmarket, caffeine free

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Comments (12)


about 3 years ago J.B.

Nice inspirational version to add to my collection of cooling, non-fattening, overly-sugared drinks. Refreshing to think about during the dog days of summer.


about 3 years ago Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]

Looks delicious and refreshing. Just bought a huge bag of mint at the farmer's market, what a perfect way to use it.


about 3 years ago Foodiewithalife

YUM! Love how simple ingredients can make a bevy super special with minimal effort.



about 3 years ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

I've been on a cold-brewed tea binge lately and especially since I read that adding mint leaves to the container makes for one killer iced tea. No cooking involved. I absolutely love this way of making iced tea and am now letting my mint run wild so that I can make this every week.

Now I think I'll just make mint-infused water a nice variation.


about 3 years ago bgavin

I made a mint sugar syrup to expedite our production of Mojitos and found the syrup to be a perfect complement to my own iced black tea. I learned that mint fades with heat, so I don't boil the mint...I make plain simple syrup and once it is off the heat, add my mint to the hot, not boiling syrup (just as Merrill recommends).


about 3 years ago Mzoo

I made the recipe as written and find it to be incredibly refreshing and light. A definite keeper and easy to make!


about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

I'm so glad! Refreshing and light was what I was going for, so good to hear at least one person thinks so!


about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Sounds delicious and so refreshing, heading out to my garden right now, this will be a great way to use the mint which has all but taken over. I love the lemon lime combo and maple syrup is a wonderful way to sweeten this. The perfect summertime thirst quencher. Thanks Merrill!


about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

You're very welcome! Wish I had a garden full of mint -- although, I know the grass is always greener!


about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

My friend said something to me, in response to the grass being greener.....She said 'if the grass is greener on the other side, water your lawn'. Its been reverberating in my head ever since!


about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This sounds fantastically refreshing. I wouldn't have thought to use maple syrup, but it's a stellar idea. Glad to hear your voice on the site, too! It seems like you and Amanda have almost disappeared lately.


about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

We're still here! :)