I made some mint tea and it tastes more like a weed then tea?

Using this recipe from artfulhomemaking.com

How to Make Mint Tea with Fresh Mint

This is a delicious and refreshing summer drink that is easy to make!


  • 1 large handful of fresh mint sprigs (include leaves and stems)
  • 5 cups room temperature water
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 tsp pure stevia extract (or sweetener of choice-honey works well too)


  1. Gather a very large handful of fresh mint leaves. lf you want your tea stronger, use two handfuls of leaves.
  2. Rinse the freshly picked mint with clean water.
  3. Put rinsed mint in a large bowl and add 6 cups of clean, room temperature water.
  4. Crush the mint with your clean hands until the water turns a brownish color.
  5. Strain through a fine nresh strainer or a cloth into a gallon jar.
  6. Boil 1 cups of water (I use my electric kettle for this) and pour over the crushed mint leaves that are still in the bowl that you just strained). Let the mint leaves steep in the boiled water for 10-15 minutes {just cover the bowl with a plate to let it steep). 7, Add steeped mint tea to the gallon jar with the rest of the tea. Add your sweetener of choice (I use stevia or honey), and stir well to combine. Add clean water to the jar until you have about a gallon of tea.
  7. Add ice cubes to the tea to help it cool down faster. Serve over ice, and enjoy
  • If you're referring specifically to iced mint tea, please edit the title and first paragraph to say so. Mint tea is commonly served hot, in which case it's usually made in a much simpler way.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 8:32

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Check your mint, as not all mints taste good.

  • Avoid Orange Mint, which smells minty and tastes like orange-zested peppermint dirt. enter image description here
  • Chocolate mint? Not in tea, either.
  • A similar fooler is the wine-colored Chocolate Cosmos which smells like chocolate but only after it's been through a cow.
  • Steep less. The long steeping brings out the woody flavor of the stems — more black-tea-like and less bright mint. Steep for one minute, and remove mint (compost!).
  • Seriously, the recipe needs 6 times the sweetener. Stevia, okay. Orange Blossom honey, yes. Agave, excellent and lower-glycemic.
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    Mint tea is often completely unsweetened, so your last point is very much a matter of taste
    – Chris H
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 6:51
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    Applemint varieties are supposed to be good for tea. I don't drink mint tea but the Bowles Mint I grow goes down well with those who do. But that's hot, made simply by rinsing then steeping for a couple of minutes in hot water, a few big leaves to a cup.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 8:34

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