Fresh Peppermint Tea

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Recipe by Julie Collins

Fresh peppermint leaves, around 20 (more or less, depending on how minty you like it)
3 cups water
Honey, agave, or sugar to taste


  • Add water to a medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • While waiting for water to heat, rinse mint well to remove any dirt, gently shake or pat dry, and delicately muddle or “bruise” the leaves to release their natural oils.
  • Add mint to boiling water and turn off burner. Let steep for 3–5 minutes, tasting to determine desired strength.
  • Strain tea into cups (or remove leaves with a fork if strainer is unavailable), sweeten, and serve.

Serves 3. Prep time, 5 minutes; cook time, 5 minutes.

Cook’s note: Fresh Peppermint Tea may be served hot or cooled to room temp and served over ice with a sprig of fresh mint.

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