Freshly Steeped Mint and Lemon Tea

mint and lemon tea

Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD

Total Time: 65 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 60 min
Servings: 8 (8 ounces each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

1 calories
0g fat
0g carbs
0g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 (8 ounces each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 0g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 9mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Soothing, flavorful herbal teas are a hydrating option to enjoy along with or in between meals. They're particularly helpful when you're looking to change up your drink habits, and, more importantly, they boast multiple health benefits. Who doesn't want a zero-calorie drink teeming with natural flavors, antioxidants, and stress-busting aromas? Plus, they're a quick and easy DIY project—almost as easy as using a teabag.

Mint is antimicrobial, soothes pain and fever, calms the nervous system, helps with nausea and diarrhea, and contains health-promoting antioxidants. Lemons are also packed with antioxidants and contain plenty of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory compounds. Lemon may also help with nausea and other gastrointestinal complaints. Needless to say, this is an excellent beverage if you're feeling queasy.

If you grow your own mint, this recipe is a simple way to use up your harvest. Or, use a few sprigs of fresh store-bought mint in your favorite recipe before using the rest of the bunch for a pitcher-full of tea.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, packed
  • 1/4 lemon, sliced
  • 64 ounces hot water

Preparation

  1. Wrap the fresh mint leaves in a cheesecloth and tie tightly. You can also use a pitcher with an infuser if you have one.

  2. Add the mint leaves and lemon to an empty pitcher. Fill it to the top with boiling water.

  3. Let sit for at least 30 minutes before enjoying.

Variations and Substitutions

For a citrusy and naturally sweeter drink, swap the lemon for orange slices. Adding cucumber slices or raspberries is also a nice touch.

If you like your flavors stronger, you can use additional mint and lemon to taste

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Serve this tea chilled with ice cubes during the hot summer months. Add the ice after the tea is steeped and cooled, or refrigerate it before serving.
  • Mint is one of those ingredients that you should wash right before use. When using fresh mint, wash the leaves while still on their stem in a bowl under running cold water. Swirl them around to get rid of any dirt or debris. Otherwise, the leaves won't fare well when stored.

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