Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter Mint Tea

When we moved to Amsterdam I was really into trying anything new...especially new foods. I had no idea that one of my favorite things would wind up being a tea!

One day when I was out with a friend she asked if I had ever tried the fresh mint tea here in The which I promptly scoffed and replied, uh, no, coffee for me all the way. Then her tea came. And it smelled amazing.

Next time I was out I tried some and it really is delicious! It is low in calories, yet flavorful! I love being able to have something with taste with out all the guilt. I can no longer drink anything carbonated, it makes my stomach feel awful. ...and honestly I would rather eat my daily calories than drink them! haha But, I do sometimes get board of just plain water. You guys have seen my flavored water mixes I've created in the past!

For the basic mint tea there really isn't a secret to buy fresh mint leaves, pour some boiling water over them and voila...Mint Tea! In the grocery store here I pay about €0,99 for a small pack of fresh mint leaves which is more than enough for me, if I want the larger pack, if they are in stock I will pay anywhere from €1,00 to €1, 50. A small pack I can get 2-3 glasses out of the large pack, well, it is large that can be a lot of tea! ha! However, at a cafe you will easily pay a solid €3,00 for this...sometimes less, but every once in a while a little more. So, making it at home is obviously the better option!

Below I am going to introduce you a variation on the basic mint tea!

Winter Mint Tea
Serves 1
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Quarter of a lemon
  • 1 Tea bag with the flavors cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange (I used Pickwick Winter Glow)

  1. Place the washed mint leaves in your cup. 
  2. Lightly squeeze lemon over the mint leaves. 
  3. Pour boiling water over the leaves and lemon then put the tea bag into the water. 
  4. Let steep for 3-4 minutes. 
  5. Remove the tea bag and lemon slice. 
  6. You can remove the mint too but I love to leave it in there, gives it more of  minty smell as I sip and clears my nose ;)
  7. Enjoy!
In the event you need to be further convinced to give this a try here are a few reasons.

Health Benefits of Mint:
  • Helps digestion/relieve inflammation
  • Helps with Nausea and Headaches
  • Can help clear congestion
  • It is a natural stimulant and can help recharge the brain
  • Freshens breath
Health Benefits of Lemon:
  • Helps with digestion
  • Can help cleanse the body
  • Boots the immune system since it is high in Vitamin C
  • Freshens Breath
  • Natural stimulant, can help recharge the brain
  • Promotes healing
Lemon and mint share a lot of the same natural healing properties. These two are a power house when combined. If you try it, make sure to let me know! 

What is your favorite warm beverage during the winter months?


  1. I love mint! This sounds like a lovely combination!

    1. You should give it a try, it is great, it really wakes you up and warms you up, no better combo in these cold months!

  2. I've never been a fan of the mint teas that I've tried, but maybe I should try to use fresh mint! The ones I've tried from a tea bag are too minty and it's just not for me. I'll try yours, though! I do enjoy different teas, though! Especially when it's cold.

    1. Krissy, I don't like those teas either, the mint tastes like a flavoring not like actual mint, this is real mint and is subtle yet delicious!