Peppermint tea, also known as mentha tea, is an herbal tisane derived from the leaves of the mint plant. With its distinct aroma and refreshing flavor, it’s no wonder that it’s a favorite at Cup & Leaf. Peppermint tea is an excellent base for experimenting with new flavors and blends, making it a versatile and beloved tea.
Peppermint Tea Health Benefits
Aside from its delightful flavor, peppermint tea has several health benefits. One of the benefits is improved oral health, which can help eliminate bacteria that causes bad breath. The minty aroma can also mask unpleasant odors, making it an alternative to chewing gum or mints. Peppermint tea also boasts digestive benefits, and it can help reduce feelings of nausea, indigestion, and an upset stomach, along with gas and bloating. Research also shows that peppermint oil, which is present in the tea, can help alleviate symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Since it contains no caffeine, peppermint tea can be consumed throughout the day without any negative side effects.
Brewing Peppermint Tea
Although you can use grocery store peppermint tea bags, using fresh peppermint leaves or dried loose leaf tea produces the best flavors. To brew, simply add hot water to one teaspoon of peppermint leaves or powder. Steep for 5 to 7 minutes and enjoy.
The Best Peppermint Tea Recipes to Try
Peppermint tea is not only a refreshing and invigorating beverage but also a versatile ingredient for creating delicious and healthy recipes. Here are some of the best peppermint tea recipes you can try.
Easy Peppermint Tea Recipe
This simple peppermint tea recipe is perfect for those who want to enjoy the classic flavor of peppermint tea.
- 1 teaspoon Cup & Leaf Peppermint Tea
- 8-10 ounces of water
- Sweetener (optional)
- Bring water to a rapid boil in a tea kettle or pot on the stove.
- Remove from heat and add the peppermint leaves to a tea strainer.
- Steep the tea in the hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the strainer with loose leaf tea and discard it.
- Sweeten with brown sugar, honey, or agave as desired. Enjoy your cup of tea!
Peppermint Green Tea Latte
This unique recipe combines the refreshing taste of peppermint tea with the health benefits of green tea to create a delicious and energizing latte.
- 1 teaspoon Cup & Leaf Sencha Fuji Green Tea
- 1 teaspoon Cup & Leaf Peppermint Tea
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup almond milk
- Bring water to a boil and add in the tea leaves. Use two separate strainers for each type of tea.
- Allow the peppermint tea to steep for 5-10 minutes, but only let the green tea steep for 2-3 minutes to avoid bitter flavors.
- Heat the almond milk and use a frother to whip it into a thick foam.
- Pour a thin layer of the almond milk into your teacup. Add the tea concentrate on top and finish with a dollop of the almond milk foam. Stir gently and enjoy!
Recipe Note: This tea recipe can also be brewed as a cold smoothie by tossing the ingredients into a blender and substituting matcha powder for the sencha tea. You can also add a scoop of protein powder to create an effective post-workout beverage.
Pear Peppermint Iced Tea
This refreshing and fruity iced tea recipe combines the natural sweetness of apples with the cool taste of peppermint tea.
- 4 teaspoons Cup & Leaf Peppermint Tea or 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 fresh apple – thinly sliced
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup organic apple juice
- Ice cubes
- Honey (optional)
- Bring water and honey to a boil on the stove or using an electric tea kettle.
- Remove from heat and add in the peppermint leaves to the boiling water.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Meanwhile, place the apple slices and apple juice in a large glass pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to gently crush the apples to release flavor.
- Once the tea concentrate has cooled, pour it into the pitcher and stir well.
- Serve in glasses filled with ice cubes and garnish with an apple slice.