Mint Tea 3 Ways

Consider this recipe a three-for-one: You can make as directed for a hot or iced tea; or, you can make a frozen granita by increasing the agave nectar to 1/4 cup, then straining the finished tea, adding 1/4 cup chopped mint, and freezing in a shallow dish. Once it begins to freeze (about 2 hours), scrape it with a fork every 15 minutes until it's completely frozen and crystallized flakes have formed, about 2 more hours.
Body+Soul, May 2010
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 4 ounces fresh mint (1 large bunch), leaves and stems
  • 2 strips lemon zest, about 1/4 by 2 inches each


  1. In a teapot or large measuring cup, combine agave nectar, mint, and lemon zest. Top with 4 cups boiling water and stir to combine.

  2. Steep for 5 minutes and strain.

  3. Serve hot or over ice.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (2)

  • Alanna Rodgers 16 Jul, 2012

    Delicious! I live in the Bahamas- it is July here now- and- to say this is refreshing is a drastic understatement. I squeezes some of the lemon juice in for extra flavor- but really a nice way to use fresh mint.

    Next time, I might try this with watermelon cubes...

  • blaiselowe 9 Jan, 2011

    This is really good warm, but would probably be very refreshing in the summertime. I think next time I may double the recipe so that all the work I put in will last a bit longer! Very highly recommended!