Peppermint tea is a great drink you can have for gastrointestinal, indigestion and other stomach problems. Drinking it creates a calming effect on the digestive tract and it also has antibacterial properties to it. It influences the gallbladder to secrete bile that helps in digestion of fats, so a good warm cup of peppermint tea before a big meal is highly recommended.
Although drinking it hot is the most common way, peppermint tea is also delicious cold and even at room temperature. Here are a few recipes you will find refreshing and healthy.
Hot peppermint tea
• We recommend you use fresh peppermint leaves. Rinse them well and crush them, preferably in a pestle and mortar. This will help in releasing medically beneficial oils.
• If you don’t have fresh leaves add a peppermint teabag into a cup. Do the same with your fresh leaves.
• Heat 250 ml of water until it boils, turn of the heat and wait a few minutes and then pour it over teabag/leaves. Herbal teas taste best when covered with hot steamy, but not boiling water.
• Cover your cup for about 5 to 10 minutes. The tea will only get better with time. But don’t let it cool down.
• After that you should remove the tea leaves that are left in your cup.
• There are a few things you can do if you want to improve the flavor of the tea. Usually the best way to go is honey, milk or lemon or lime juice. Slices of orange can also be used. Although this can be a great addition, don’t let the flavors you are adding mask the real flavor of peppermint tea.
The amount of tea leaves and other ingredients you are using varies, it really depends on the way you like it made. So, experiment and after a few tries your peppermint tea should be delicious.
Cold peppermint tea
Cold weather and hot peppermint tea are often used in a same sentence. But drinking it hot isn’t the only way. After you’ve tried our recipe for iced peppermint tea this might be your favorite way of drinking it.
• The same way we’ve explained before with hot peppermint tea, the best way to go is getting fresh tea leaves. Take them and crush them into a pot.
• Heat up your water, and when it starts boiling turn the heat of and take it off the stove.
• Pour the water into the cup with tea leaves after cooling it down for 5 minutes.
• Then cover the top of your cup, and wait something in the range of 5 to 10 minutes.
• Remove the tea leaves from the cup.
• The next step is where the difference between iced and hot tea is. You will need a glass filled with ice. Then take your tea cup and pour the tea in the glass. Wait a bit while it cools down.
• You can experiment with iced tea a lot by adding citrus flavors such as oranges, lemons or limes. Some people love adding honey to their iced peppermint tea.