Mint Tea 3 Ways


Consider this recipe a three-for-one: You can make as directed for a hot or iced tea; or, you can make a frozen granita by increasing the agave nectar to 1/4 cup, then straining the finished tea, adding 1/4 cup chopped mint, and freezing in a shallow dish. Once it begins to freeze (about 2 hours), scrape it with a fork every 15 minutes until it's completely frozen and crystallized flakes have formed, about 2 more hours.


  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar

  • 4 ounces fresh mint (1 large bunch), leaves and stems

  • 2 strips lemon zest, about ¼ by 2 inches each


  1. In a teapot or large measuring cup, combine agave nectar, mint, and lemon zest. Top with 4 cups boiling water and stir to combine.

  2. Steep for 5 minutes and strain.

  3. Serve hot or over ice.

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