Last Updated on July 27, 2022
Looking for something to help keep you hydrated? This delicious and easy mint water recipe is a snap to make, totally refreshing, plus it’s sugar-free and extremely low in calories. Water infused with mint is the perfect way to keep cool and well-hydrated in the summer heat!
WHY LEARN HOW TO MAKE THIS MINT WATER RECIPE?
You probably know it’s good to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you’ve been trying to hydrate more and found it challenging to drink enough plain water, this mint water recipe will help. Drinks with some flavor like water with mint are easier to keep sipping throughout the day.
We do a lot of herbal teas here at HealthyGreenSavvy, from relaxing lemon balm tea to foraged teas made from medicinal trees, like mulberry leaf tea, ginkgo biloba tea, and pine needle tea. It’s wonderful to get all those beneficial herbs along with a tasty hydrating drink!
On hot summer days, these teas can totally work over ice. And to avoid heat in the house, sometimes we use herbs like borage or hibiscus to make refreshing sun tea. But sometimes we want something even simpler, no boiling or steeping required.
Enter mint infused water.
Not as strong as an herbal tea, infused water has just a hint of flavor from whatever you put in it. Mint water has the advantage of not having the acidity of something like lemon water, plus it doesn’t waste food, as is the case with cucumber water.
If you grow mint, you have PLENTY to spare for hundreds of pitchers of mint water. If you don’t grow mint, ask a neighbor, and they’ll certainly be happy to share. Invite them to join you for a cool drink of mint infused water!
Best of all, making mint water is absurdly easy. I feel kind of silly calling this a recipe, since really you’re just sticking some mint leaves in water. But mint water is a great thing to have on hand if you have guests on a hot day, since you can whip up enough for a crowd in a matter of seconds.
Mint is notoriously cooling, since the menthol elicits a cold sensation in the receptors in your mouth. Next time a heat wave hits, get out this mint water recipe for some extra-easy, extra-hydrating chill.
MINT WATER BENEFITS
In addition to encouraging you to drink more water, mint water adds some of the digestive benefits mint is famous for. While you won’t be getting a lot of mint with your mint water, mint does contain many compounds with beneficial properties, such as being antibacterial, antifungal, and antidiabetic, as well as full of antioxidants.
WHAT KIND OF MINT TO USE TO MAKE MINT WATER
Here’s where things get fun if you grow mint in your garden. Have you noticed at your local nursery or farmers’ market that there are actually many different kinds of mint? You can absolutely make mint water with everyday common mint, but you can also use apple mint, orange mint, ginger mint, pineapple mint, or even chocolate mint for something really unusual.
You can also use other members of the mint family, like lemon balm, lavender, bee balm, or hyssop.
If you don’t grow mint, buying little plastic containers with a few sprigs of mint for making mint water probably doesn’t make much sense, wasting money and plastic. Since mint is so easy to grow, for the same few dollars, you can get a small starter plant, or better still, get division plants free from a friend or neighbor.
You can grow a little pot of different mints on a balcony, deck, or even a windowsill. Then enjoy fresh mint water any time!
Note that mint is notoriously invasive, and it’s best grown in a pot to keep it from taking over your yard. Best of all, mint is a no-fuss perennial herb that will come back year after year without any work from you!
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE MINT WATER
Ingredients for this mint water recipe are pretty simple: Just some fresh mint and water. But I highly recommend using filtered water when you make anything you’re going to drink, as there are hundreds of contaminants in municipal water supplies.
–> And not just ANY water filter. You want one that’s designed to remove those contaminants, and few of them do. After a lot of research, here’s the water filter I recommend. This post on choosing an effective water filter explains why this filter does so much more than those pitchers or faucet attachments you can find at big box stores.
If you want to infuse water on the go, one of these travel cups with infusers will make that easier. You can keep adding more water throughout the day.
If you’re harvesting mint, snip off four to six sprigs for every half gallon of water you want to make. Herbs are best harvested early in the day, but it doesn’t matter a great deal for this recipe.
If you don’t have much mint, you can also make mint water by the glass using a few leaves or one sprig for each.
HOW LONG DOES MINT WATER LAST?
You can keep mint water in the refrigerator in a covered pitcher for a day or two. Take out the mint sprigs after a day.
MINT WATER RECIPE 2 WAYS
Excited to make loads of refreshing water with mint? Here’s the easy-peasy recipe for mint water!
- 6 sprigs fresh mint (common mint, apple mint, ginger mint, spearmint, chocolate mint all work)
- 48 oz filtered water
By the Pitcher:
- Rinse mint sprigs.
- Place sprigs of mint in a 48-oz pitcher.
- Fill with filtered water and allow to infuse in the refrigerator until needed.
- Muddle mint with a wooden spoon to release more mint flavor into the water.
- Serve over ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.
By the glass:
Put a few mint leaves or a small sprig in a glass or travel mug and fill with filtered water. Allow to infuse briefly before drinking. Best served with ice.
You can refill with fresh water for a second pitcher or glass if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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Mint water recipe photo credits: Susannah Shmurak
Susannah is a proud garden geek and energy nerd who loves healthy food and natural remedies. Her work has appeared in Mother Earth Living, Ensia, Northern Gardener, Sierra, and on numerous websites. Her first book, Everything Elderberry, released in September 2020 and has been a #1 new release in holistic medicine, naturopathy, herb gardening, and other categories. Find out more and grab your copy here.