5 Ingredients or Fewer

Mint Iced Tea

July 11, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Makes 1 quart
Author Notes

Over the Fourth of July weekend, my husband and I ventured to Los Angeles to visit family and friends. We arrived at my cousin Dan and his wife Monica's house one afternoon, and Dan excitedly offered us each a glass of what turned out to be his rendition of our grandmother's "famous" mint iced tea. We gleefully gulped the cool, sweet, aromatic tea, which I hadn't had in years. It's a taste memory that will always bring me back to sitting in my grandparents' large kitchen or under the umbrella by their pool on a summer day, sipping iced tea out of a tall, colored glass. My grandmother used Lipton iced tea mix, but she lifted it above the ordinary by infusing her tea with a generous amount of mint water, which she made by pouring boiling water over a huge handful of fresh mint that she'd just picked from the garden. Inspired by Dan's brilliant -- and timely -- recreation of my grandmother's tea, I decided to make some myself at home last week using tea bags instead of mix (you can use either -- I won't judge!). —Merrill Stubbs

What You'll Need
  • 2 tea bags, or the equivalent in loose tea (I used English Breakfast, but you can really use any tea you like)
  • 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar (turbinado is good here, but you could also use honey, maple syrup or agave)
  • Lemon slices for serving
  1. Boil a kettle of water, and put the tea and the mint into a large, heatproof pot or pitcher. Pour a quart of boiling water into the pot, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Carefully taste a little and add more sugar if you like. Set the tea aside to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until cold.
  2. Strain and serve over plenty of ice with lemon wedges.

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7 Reviews

Henry May 21, 2016
Refreshing treat. Reminds me of when I was a kid back in the '50's. I'm going to try it without sugar and keep a pitcher in the fridge, Arizona gets pretty hot and this is perfect after yard work or shopping.
peacenique August 18, 2013
Love this tea, I also often use Rooibos instead of black tea for a very smooth caffeine free version of this tea. Very similar taste but slightly less acid than black tea.
OldGrayMare June 23, 2013
I use a Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Maker. Mint (muddled slightly to release the oils) in bottom of basket, then 2-3 family size teabags on top. Make as instructed for the appliance. The flavor of the mint really comes through and makes the tea almost "sweet" - no sugar needed at all! Even my sugar addict friends like this tea!
sexyLAMBCHOPx July 6, 2013
Sounds the way I like it - no sugar. So the Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Maker does a good job?
alexvencken April 26, 2012
great recipe! do you use large (5gr) or small (2gr) teabags? thanks!
J-Dizzle July 18, 2011
Yummmm, sounds refreshing on a hot summer's day.... thanks for sharing! :o)
Soozll July 12, 2011
I used to drink this all the time when I was a kid, only we used 1/4 cup of granulated white sugar once the mint wilted and tea started to color the water. So refreshing!