This invigorating orange and mint tea is the perfect soothing sipper, complete with bright, zesty flavors and soothing herbal notes. Delicious hot or iced, this versatile recipe is an energizing caffeine-free elixir.
After just one sip of this fresh orange and mint tea, all your worries will fade away.
I was never a huge mint tea person, but that was before trying this invigorating brew. The soothing, cooling flavors of mint mingle perfectly with the burst of fresh citrus. Together, they create a refreshing hot bevy that feels calming and energizing at the same time.
Plus, you won’t believe how easy it is to whip up a cup of this orange mint tea. I mean, other than the water, all the ingredients you need are in the title.
So if you’re craving something energizing to sip on instead of coffee, try this fresh orange and mint tea!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick, Easy & Natural. This recipe only takes a couple of minutes to make. Just put on the kettle, chop some oranges and mint, then toss everything together. Enjoy the natural refreshing flavor of a few simple ingredients with no added sugar.
- Energizing without Caffeine. If you’re trying to cut down on your caffeine intake but want to sip on something refreshing, this tea is your answer. The invigorating combination of citrus and mint makes you feel more awake.
- Customizable Flavor. You can totally customize the strength of the tea. If you want a strong, robust brew, leave the orange and mint in the water longer, or take it out sooner for a hint of flavor.
- Perfect Hot or Cold. This tea also tastes amazing over ice. Imagine how refreshing and cooling this drink would be on a hot summer day.
How to Make Fresh Orange and Mint Tea
Whipping up this relaxing tea takes no time at all. You can find the full, printable recipe at the end of this post, but here’s a little preview.
- Oranges. One of the two main leads in this recipe, oranges add a zesty subtle sweetness to this tea. You can use any type of oranges you have on hand, but blood oranges will add a more pronounced flavor to the brew.
- Mint. This fragrant herb steals the spotlight from oranges just a bit, with a zingy refreshment that balances out the sweetness. Use fresh mint rather than dried to get the most invigorating flavor.
- Boiled Water. Make sure to use water that has reached a full boil to extract the most flavor. Anything around 212 degrees Fahrenheit should do the trick.
Making this tea is pretty self-explanatory. Just combine the mint and the orange slices in a mug, pour boiled water on top, then let it infuse.
The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor. If you want a robust brew that punches your palate with minty citrus, let it sit for 5+ minutes. Avoid letting it steep for longer than 8 minutes, or else the mint leaves might turn bitter.
If you just want to taste a hint of orange and mint, remove the tea components after a minute. For something in between, let it infuse for 2-4 minutes.
For the hot version of this tea, it’s best to enjoy it immediately for the freshest results.
If you want to make an iced orange and mint tea, make the hot version first. After letting the ingredients infuse for 2-4 minutes, allow the tea to cool, then transfer it to a mason jar or carafe. Place it in the fridge and keep it for up to 5 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make orange mint tea iced?
Definitely. Serving this tea cold amps up the refreshing, cooling qualities. To make an iced orange mint tea, make the hot version first, then remove the components and let it cool. Pour it over ice for a revitalizing bevy. You can also multiple the ingredients to fill up a whole pitcher’s worth to pour of ice in your favorite shady outdoor spot.
Is orange mint tea healthy?
While you won’t get the same nutrients as you would from eating a whole orange or mint leaf, this tea still packs some healthy benefits. Mint tea may help aid digestion and soothe cold and flu symptoms (1). Infusing fresh oranges in tea might also extract some vitamin C, which helps improve immune function.
Can I use dried mint?
You can technically use dried mint in this recipe (there are some decent mint tea bags available), but the flavors will be more muted. Try using fresh mint for the best results.
Try These Other Refreshing Drink Recipes
- Homemade Peach Ice Tea with Simple Peach Syrup – This lightly sweetened iced tea is a refreshing summer thirst quencher.
- Peach Infused Water with Basil – A surprisingly great combination of sweetness and herbal freshness.
- Infused Multi-Vitamin Water – An extra-hydrating tonic infused with cucumbers, fresh herbs, and berries.
- Cucumber Water – Drinking cucumber water not only tastes delicious, but it comes with numerous health benefits.
Fresh Orange and Mint Tea
- 4-5 sprigs fresh mint
- 1/2 orange or blood orange
- water boiled
- Boil the water to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the mint leaves and orange slices in a mug.
- Pour the water on top, then let sit for 2-4 minutes.
Images by Lauren Caris Short.