10 Great DIY Mint Tea Blends Recipes

05/03/2017 | Ken Davis Herbs, Outdoor Living, Recipes

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener

Arizona’s famous for our outdoor lifestyle and the season has just begun.  This may surprise you, but we are also famous for the ease of which we have grown our own herbs, right outside, and most are perennial plants that come back for years of refreshing enjoyment.

Mint tea is one of the world’s favorites. It is cooling and warming at once, and utterly refreshing. I’ve posted mint tea recipes before, but never like this: every one of the tea blends below can be made in five minutes or less, and (because they’re made with either freshly picked or dried herbs) they can be used for months and months to come.

Here are mint tea blends that will rock your herbal world.  Enjoy, have fun, and share with your friend.

From super-soothing “Day Spa” blend to a bold wake-up tea (roasted yerba mate with mint), this collection of recipes shows the versatility of mint and highlights all its best traits.

Making a Mint Tea Blend – For each ratio listed below, simply measure the dry herbs into a clean bowl or large, clean jar and stir or shake gently to mix. Then, seal your homemade herbal deliciousness in a clean jar and store it away from light and heat.

When you’re ready to drink your blend, measure about one tablespoon per cup (if the leaves are pretty much whole) or one teaspoon per cup (if the leaves are broken up a lot) and steep in freshly boiled water for five to ten minutes, unless otherwise noted.

These blends are great for gifts or for your own personal tea stash. No matter how you choose to use them, remember to make them with joy and to love every sniff of that fantastic mint aroma!

Note: You can use peppermint, which is known for its health benefits, or spearmint, chocolate mint, lemon mint, wild mint or other types of dried mint, depending on your preference and the individual recipe.

Peppermint has a sweeter taste than spearmint, which can be ‘sharper’ in flavor. As the names suggest, lemon mint and chocolate mint taste like lemon and chocolate, respectively.

Now to the recipes:)

Day Spa: lavender mint tea blend

Both herbs are deeply relaxing from the first sniff, and they are ideal for spas, evenings in and other occasions to kick back and relax like you mean it.

1/2 cup dried mint leaves

2-3 tablespoons dried lavender blossoms

This easy herbal infusion can be mixed up in advance and prepared with ease on those days when you really need it. If desired, add a bit of dry stevia to the blend, or sweeten the brew with honey. Be sure to really breathe in this tea in between sips, the aroma will turn your whole day around.

Mint Blossoms: a floral mint tea blend

Yes, mint is great with all sorts of bold flavors. But as we saw with “Day Spa” (the first recipe on the page), mint goes equally well with certain floral flavors as well. This blend combines mint with rosehips and hibiscus, two especially sweet-tart flowers that balance out the fresh flavor of mint nicely.

1/2 cup dried mint leaves

1/2 cup dried rosehips (I highly recommend choosing organic rosehips, or growing your own.)

1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers

Add a little dry stevia leaf if you like, or sweeten to taste after you brew each cup.

Lemony Fresh: mint meets lemony herbs

Like mint and chocolate, mint and lemon are a natural match. This healthy herbal blend combines dried mint with two lemony tasting herbs.

1/2 cup dried mint

1/2 cup dried lemon balm

1/2 cup dried lemongrass

(optional) a dash of dried lemon zest

Try this tea with a wedge of fresh lemon for extra flavor.

Mint Chocolate Tea: a sumptuous & healthy mint drink

You can make this dessert tea blend with either Houjicha green tea, which has a roasty, nutty taste, or rooibos red tea, which has a woodsy sweet taste. Both are sublime.

1/2 cup Houjicha green tea or red rooibos tea.

1/4 cup dried mint leaves (preferably chocolate mint, though other types are great, too)

1/4 cup cacao nibs

(optional) 1/8 cup dried apple bits, a few pinches of finely chopped dried ginger root or a sprinkling of 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Moroccan Mint: Gunpowder green tea and mint

Traditional Moroccan mint tea is made with fresh mint leaves. However, this recipe offers up a minty, bold flavor of Moroccan mint all year without the need for out-of-season herbs.

It also includes lemon verbena, an herb that is used in more old-fashioned Moroccan mint tea recipes, as are fresh orange blossoms and wormwood.

1/2 cup Gunpowder green tea

1/3 cup dried mint

1/4 cup lemon verbena

Serve with ample sugar or honey if desired.

Wake Up! yerba mate and mint

Yerba mate is a naturally high-caffeine herb, perfect for jump-starting your mornings. Roasted yerba mate has a toasty flavor that goes well with mint.  Mint has been enjoyed in yerba mate infusions throughout  South America, yerba mate’s home country. This blend balances the two bold flavors well.

1 cup roasted yerba mate

1/2 cup dried mint leaves

(optional) a couple pinches of dried lemon zest or lime zest

In summer, try the brewed herbal infusion over ice. It’s also great with a squeeze of lemon or a dab of honey.

Tummy Tea: a stomach soothing mint blend

Mint is famed for its ability to soothe many a stomach ailment. In fact, along with fennel, ginger and other stomach-supporters, it’s one of my highest recommended herbs for digestion.  Here’s how to get your own batch ready:

1 cup dried mint

1/4 cup fennel seed

(optional) 1/8 cup finely chopped dried ginger

Some people also like to add honey to their tummy-soothing teas. It often helps, too!

Cool Mint: deeply cooling herbs

Technically two blends, these are super-cooling herbal infusions that are great for colds, sore throats and fevers. Steep for longer than most brews–10 to 20 minutes is ideal.

1/2 cup dried mint

1/2 cup dried sage leaf


1/2 cup dried mint

1/4 cup dried yarrow leaves (or leaves and flowers)

1/4 cup dried elderflower blossoms

For sore throats and coughs, add a little honey (preferably organic, local honey).

Mint Condition: strengthening blend

Nettle is a seriously magical herb. It is incredibly strengthening, and I love it in combination with bold, bracing mint. Infuse for five minutes or longer (even overnight) for a caffeine-free boost in your teacup.

1 cup dried nettle leaves

1 cup dried mint leaves

Add a little honey if you like. It will put even more pep in your step!