Peppermint Tea With Fresh Stevia

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peppermint stevia tea

Oh you guys, I’ve found an AWESOME recipe for a homemade peppermint tea sweetened with fresh stevia leaves. I have both plants growing beautifully right now, and am absolutely giddy to have found a way to use them together.

Fresh. Delicious. Tea. Made from nothing but leaves I picked in my yard. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!

I don’t know about you, but the thought of being able to create a refreshing beverage from plants I’ve grown myself just thrills me to no end. There isn’t a single store bought ingredient here. And it’s GOOD.

It’s actually a recipe to make a concentrate, which you can either freeze or put in the fridge for later, or you can dilute it right away and drink it chilled on the spot.

I’ll admit, it is a little different than what we’re used to. Stevia definitely has a unique flavor compared to sugar. But when you keep in mind that it’s made 100% from stuff you can pick right outside your backdoor, it’s amazing. Even our kids loved it.

I found the recipe at Thy Hand Hath Provided.

Fresh Peppermint & Stevia Ice Tea

Makes 1 pint concentrate; 2 quarts tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 c. packed fresh stevia leaves
  • 1 pint (2 c.) water

First, pick the fresh leaves off of the stems, measure, then wash them under running water in a colander. I like to use a salad and herb spinner to dry them.

Next, place all ingredients in a small pot, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to steep for about 6 hours, or overnight. Strain off the leaves and pour the concentrate into a glass jar. You can either freeze this concentrate, or store it in the fridge for a few days until ready to use.

When ready to drink, mix 1/2 pint (1 cup) tea concentrate with 1 1/2 pints water- or to taste. Serve cold.

Now I’m totally on a kick to find more homemade iced tea recipes using fresh leaves. I think I’ll try my lemon balm and stevia next.

Do you make a homemade tea from plants you grow? Have a recipe to share?


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Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

9 Comments

  1. I started doing this a few months ago because I figured there had to be something I could do with all the stevia and mint growing in my garden. I have added different herbs to see if I could get more interesting such as basil and thyme. I have also boiled it with fresh lime or lemon slices; instant lemonade without the sugar!

  2. I love (fresh or dried)lemon verbena leaves and a pinch of stevia leaves(fresh or dried)and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Especially in autumn, makes a wonderful hot tea.

  3. In Israel we boil a pot of water and just drop a few mint leaves into the pot. Let it sit a bit and drink it hot. You can sweeten with sugar or honey but it is good without sugar as well. If you want it cold you can let it cool outside the fridge for a bit and then keep it in the refrigerator. It is also really tasty (and pretty) to add slices of lemon to it.

  4. Is stevia a plant you grew from seeds, or is it one that comes back every year like mint? Might need to get my hands on some – especially if it comes back yearly like mint!

  5. Wow. This looks delicious. I had given up hope that my peppermint seeds would ever germinate, but today I went out to the garden and one little seedling is poking through the soil. Now all I need is stevia. Thanks for this post.

    • Serene,

      Yay! Once you get it going, you won’t be able to get rid of it, lol. I’ve only grown it from transplants, so no experience trying it from seed. I hope it does well for you. Yes, Stevia definitely needs to be on your list of plants to get next 😉

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