I became a hot tea lover while living in Germany, and often enjoyed a cup of Pfefferminztee in the evenings. So when I was in the Netherlands a few years ago, I happily ordered a mint tea with my apple cake, expecting a cup of hot water and the typical mint tea bag. I was surprised when I received fresh mint leaves steeping in a glass of hot water!
Turns out, fresh mint tea is a cafe staple in the Netherlands. And for good reason – it’s excellent! Seriously, it’s the best decaf hot tea. Fresh mint tea pairs deliciously well with Dutch apple cake (recipe coming soon!) and other desserts, but I often drink fresh mint tea on it’s own at night when I crave dessert after dinner but don’t want anything sugary.
All you need to make this Dutch hot tea is a glass, hot water, and fresh mint. If you like your tea sweetened, add a touch of honey. Doesn’t get simpler than that! And did you realize that you can add fresh mint to your Amazon Fresh order? Click here to add a bunch or two.
I’ve always used an electric kettle to heat water for tea in Europe. Every house, apartment, AirBnB, and dorm room I’ve ever stayed in has had an electric hot water kettle on the counter. Do you use one? A couple years ago we finally got one for our house in the US. I love it and use it two or three times every single day. With my my electric kettle, fresh mint tea in less than five minutes away! My husband did a ton of research to find the best one so maybe I’ll do an electric tea kettle review in a future post.
Ahhh….I always feel more relaxed and happy after drinking a cup of Dutch fresh mint tea. Ok, I’m off to make a cup right now. 🙂
How to Make Dutch Fresh Mint Tea
This refreshing tea is delicious on its own or paired with Dutch apple cake.
- 4 cups hot water
- 4 bunches fresh mint
- honey (optional)
Heat water to just boiling. Rinse the mint stocks and fill each cup with a couple stocks. You can always add more if you want a stronger mint flavor. Pour hot water over mint leaves and steep for a couple minutes. If you prefer sweetened tea, add honey. Enjoy!
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