If you enjoy brewing herbal teas, this basil mint tea is an easy-to-make, delightful one that has a mild minty, herbaceous flavor.
To make the tea, simply steep the leaves for 15 minutes before straining, sweetening, and serving warm.
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Ingredients for basil mint tea
For this recipe, I used:
- basil: fresh, sweet basil is the type to be used here. Of course, you can use dried basil as a substitute – two teaspoons would equate to the amount required for this recipe.
- mint: I have fresh spearmint in my garden so I used the leaves. Mint dominates the flavor of the tea so feel free to use a mint variety that you love.
- sweetener: like most teas I’ve posted about, using a sweetener is entirely based on your preferences. Try honey, agave or any of your favorites.
Equipment for this recipe
You don’t need special equipment here but, as with most of my simple herbal tea recipes, I recommend using a kettle for boiling the water and a teapot with tea infuser for steeping the leaves. It makes steeping and clean up quick and easy. Alternatively, you can also use a French press for steeping.
How to make basil mint tea
Step 1: Bring water to a boil. I used a kettle here but you can use a saucepan or even a microwave.
Step 2: Wash the fresh basil and mint leaves to remove any impurities from them. Tear the leaves and add to the tea infuser.
Step 3: Pour the boiling water over the leaves.
Step 4: Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
Step 5: Strain the tea. Feel free to sweeten it at this point and serve warm as a wonderful, minty morning or afternoon tea.
Basil mint tea recipe
Basil mint tea (with fresh leaves)
- 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves (about 8 large leaves)
- 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves (about 20 leaves)
- 3 cups water
- sweetener (optional)
- Bring water to a boil.
- Wash the leaves.
- Tear the leaves. Add to a tea infuser.
- Pour boiling water over the torn leaves.
- Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain and sweeten.
- Serve warm.