Toss Out Your Fake Iced Tea: Brewed Mint Green Tea with Lime

By Mikka Wee/November 2, 2012

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Packaged iced tea is a lie. And those crystals bursting with fruity goodness? It’s all sugar! It’d make more sense to chug down a bottle of soda. Here’s an idea: throw out your fake powdered iced tea and brew some of this green tea with a hint of peppermint and lime.

I think twice before consuming anything mint-related (except for breath mints and mojitos) because of a horrible childhood experience where I unknowingly ate toothpaste from the tube. Whenever I try something minty, I always say it tastes like toothpaste. And that kinda sucks, I guess, because I rarely appreciate minty stuff (like mint chocolate). But this mint green ice tea is really good, and I say that without any bias.

The hint of mint mixed with lime is what makes this drink not as intense, but still very refreshing. I know of some teas that taste like mouthwash, but the fact that green tea champions in this mix makes a world of a difference. The cool aftertaste is a perfect way to end each sip.

I envision myself sitting on a rocking chair in a porch with a good book as I drink this. It reminds me of those old country-style iced teas that are perfect to chill with. If you want to be a bit more experimental and serve this to a group of friends, you can add a splash of vodka for an extra kick.

Mint Green Ice Tea with Lime

Total Time: 25 minutes / Yield: 3-4 servings


  • 500 ml hot water
  • Mint leaves
  • 4 tea bags green tea
  • 1 tea bag peppermint tea
  • 1 whole lime
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Extra slices of lime (for garnish)


  1. Add a bunch of mint leaves into the hot water.
  2. Steep all 5 teabags in hot water mint leaves mixture for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and strain mint leaves from tea.
  4. Slice lime in half and squeeze lime juice into the tea.
  5. Prepare 4 glasses filled with ice cubes.
  6. Pour mixture into each glass.
  7. Garnish with extra slices of lime.
  8. Serve.

Mikka Wee

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Mikka Wee’s goal is to travel the world with a backpack stuffed with her books and not much of an itinerary. With an appetite thrice the size of her 5-foot frame, waffles are the one thing that makes her weak in the knees. She also likes to torture herself with sci-fi movie marathons until her brain turns into goop. Her list of not-so-secret culinary crushes includes David Chang, Ivan Orkin, Rene Redzepi, and Anthony Bourdain. Alexander Supertramp is her hero. See More.

  • Vinz Cueto

    May I use honey instead of corn syrup?

    • Mikka Wee

      You can! It adds a flowery taste to the drink. :)

      • Vinz Cueto

        Nice! Thanks,Mikka!

  • Mae Anne Ngo

    where can I buy mint in Quezon City/Manila area?

    • Mikka Wee

      Most groceries carry mint tea. It’s not difficult to spot!

  • Jen Laceda

    Nothing beats a glass of homemade, real-brewed, iced mint green tea :) But please, do away with the corn syrup – that’s made with high fructose (more of that super bad sugar you tried to avoid when you threw out your fake iced tea mix anyway). Honey is a better alternative. Otherwise, sweeten with Stevia.

    • Mikka Wee

      Wow! Awesome suggestions. Thanks for the reco, Jen. :)

  • Jesse

    Lime is so hard to find. When you ask for it in the groceries (SM or Landmark), they give you green lemon.

    • Mikka Wee

      True, true. Try Unimart or Rustan’s. Their fruit selection is pretty wide and almost complete. :) Also, for SM supermarkets, you can’t go wrong with Hypermart!

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