80+ Mint Recipes: Drinks, desserts, remedies + more! (2024)

These 80+ mint recipes for food and medicine are sure to please! Use up all of that mint in your garden with these recipes for food, drinks, desserts, bath & body, and remedies.

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Cooking and Using Mint

There are many reasons to grow mint, but we all know the best reason, that delicious intense flavor that adds sharpness to savory and sweet dishes alike.

Mint coats the inside of our mouths with a cold sensation that can only be described as similar to how when we consume foods containing capsaicin, a burning heat lingers on.

Not only does mint shine in the culinary world, but it’s also a highly prized medicinal herb with many benefits.

That’s why today I’m going to share with you 80 recipes to utilize all that mint you have growing in your garden.

Peruse this list for tonight’s dinner, a refreshing beverage, or bookmark it for later when you find yourself wanting all things mint!

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Mint Tea & Drinks

One of my favorite ways to use this amazing herb is in tea. Try this mint iced tea, Moroccan mint hot tea, or an orange mint lemon sweet tea.

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Moroccan Mint Tea

See how easy it is to make Moroccan mint tea, iced and hot. Made special with fresh mint leaves, it’s how the Baccarat Hotel New York serves their Moroccan tea.

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Sometimes I’ll even make mint infused honey and drop spoonfuls into my herbal tea as a way to add sweetness and depth of flavor.

If you’re short on time, another option would be this easy mint simple syrup.

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Mint Infused Honey

Make this delicious mint infused honey and find out all of the delicious ways to use it!

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If tea isn’t your thing, maybe this fresh mint iced coffee or chocolate mint tea latte is more your speed?

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Fresh Mint Iced Coffee

Make this delicious iced coffee with fresh mint simple syrup!

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You can also make fresh mint ice cubes and add them to your seltzer, mineral, or strawberry, lime, and cucumber water.

For a sweeter beverage, this mint limeade looks like it would be especially refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Fresh Mint Ice Cubes

These mint ice cubes are perfect for summer celebrations and make any drink extra special!

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For a satisfying meal replacement, blend up this paleo-friendly creamy watermelon, strawberry, and mint smoothie!

Mint extract (or better yet, chocolate mint extract) can be used to make a healthy alternative to a popular fast foods’ seasonal shamrock shake!

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DIY Mint Extract

Learn how to make your own peppermint extract so you don't ever have to buy it again!

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Fermented drinks are full of probiotics that keep your gut happy and healthy. With the addition of mint, you have a medicinal powerhouse that supports the digestive tract.

Make this rosemary and mint kombucha, ginger, mint, and lime soda, or this beautifully colored blueberry mojito kombucha.

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Rosemary & Mint Kombucha

Take full advantage of the bounty of summer herbs with this refreshing, cooling rosemary and mint kombucha blend.

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Mint Homebrew, co*cktails & Mocktails

Fermented beverages with a touch more alcohol are a great choice for imbibing. A mojito mead sounds like a refreshing take on a classic co*cktail, or try this homebrewed mint wine!

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One Gallon of Mint Wine

For an unexpected homebrewing twist, try making this mint wine!

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(Interested in making mead? I have an eBook for beginner mead making that can be super helpful for the first-timer.)

Cucumber mint sangria and raspberry and mint infused wine are excellent ways to take advantage of the delightful flavor of mint and are simple to make when you’re short on time but want some mint in your life.

Raspberry Mint Infused Wine

This raspberry mint infused wine is a simple and delicious way to extract the flavors into a flavorful and refreshing beverage.

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Mixing up spirits with spearmint can have some flavorful results. Both rhubarb and strawberry shrub mojito and garden mint julep look incredibly tasty.

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Rhubarb & Strawberry Shrub Mojito

Make this delicious mojito mocktail with rhubarb and strawberries, and mint of course!

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With the holidays upon us, festive co*cktail and mocktail ideas are a must. Look no further than this sparkling mint and cranberry mocktail or this creative pomegranate and peppermint Moscow mule that uses candied mint leaves!

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Pomegranate & Peppermint Moscow Mule

This drink is delicious and festive, garnished with candied mint leaves!

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Mint Sweets & Baked Goods

Peppermint, apple mint, and chocolate mint (yes, that’s a thing!) are typically used in desserts of all kinds.

One of my favorite ways to use mint is paired with chocolate in fresh mint brownies or fresh mint cake with dark chocolate mint frosting.

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Fresh Mint Brownies

Give your herb garden dessert duty with these easy to make fresh mint brownies.

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This beautiful Mediterranean inspired labneh cheesecake makes good use of any dried mint you may have around waiting to be turned into a cake. Isn’t it stunning?

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Dried Mint Labneh Cheesecake

Based on classic meze, this labneh cheesecake is a must try!

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Mint isn’t restricted to only becoming cake in its next life though! In this classic mint chocolate chip cookies recipe, fresh mint is infused with the butter before creaming it together with sugar.

Perhaps even using mint infused sugar? Yes, please!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mint chocolate chip cookies from Dishing Up The Dirt’s new cookbook. Butter infused with fresh mint!

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Simplest of all are these chocolate-covered mint leaves with coconut oil or mint chocolate chip energy bites.

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Chocolate Covered Mint Leaves

Incredibly fresh tasting and oh so pretty, chocolate mint leaves make a natural, healthy and delicious dessert.

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Another option is a beautiful fresh mint ganache tart or fresh mint chocolate chip muffins.

Try drizzling simple mint syrup with honey over them for a touch more sweetness.

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Fresh Mint & Chocolate Chip Muffins

These fresh mint and chocolate muffins are delicious! Especially if you are obsessed with minty things and the chocolate-mint combo.

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Are you growing rhubarb in your garden and need ways to store it for later? This rhubarb mint jam sounds lovely and makes a great first jam of the season!

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Rhubarb Mint Jam

Take advantage of the early spring homegrown flavors with this Rhubarb Mint Jam.

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Mint also pairs well with citrus. Do you have an abundance of lemons, limes, or oranges? Make this mint curd with whatever citrus you have available. I can see it being wonderful smeared on a croissant or scone.

In the heat of the summer, what’s the best way to keep cool? By making ice cream, of course! This mint chocolate chip ice cream is made with a classic custard base and looks like the definition of perfection.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream prepared from scratch is creamy, refreshing, and insanely delicious.

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For a version made with coconut milk, vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream with bananas should satisfy your sweet tooth.

Also made with coconut milk is a paleo mint chocolate chip ice cream that contains only six all-natural ingredients and is sweetened with maple syrup.

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Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is easy to make and so delicious! Just 6 simple ingredients, dairy free, egg free, naturally colored and sweetened, and low FODMAP.

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Not a chocolate fan? Skip the chocolate and go all-in on a mint leaf ice cream.

If making ice cream isn’t something you want to invest your time in, there’s always honeydew mint popsicles, cantaloupe ice pops, or vibrantly colored mint chocolate popsicles.

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Honeydew Mint Homemade Popsicles

The refreshing taste of sweet honeydew melon and fresh mint will make these easy 4 ingredient homemade popsicles an instant favorite!

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These delightful wild mint sorbet sandwiches are sure to please any child or adult alike. Can you say, yummy?

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Wild Mint Sorbet Sandwiches

Minty cookies hold fresh strawberry or watermelon sorbet to deliver a treat that’s cooling both in flavor and temperature. They’re super easy to whip up and taste incredibly refreshing!

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Remember the mint extract I mentioned earlier? Use it to make a batch of peppermint patties, chocolate mint marshmallows or these tiger nut flour paleo mint chocolate chip muffins.

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Chocolate Mint Marshmallows

This Chocolate Mint Marshmallows Recipe is quite easy if you have a little bit of attention to detail and you like homemade projects.

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Another favorite of mine, herbal marshmallows, are especially flavorsome with the addition of chocolate mint!

This fresh mint semifreddo looks fancy, but it only contains six ingredients, two of which are optional! I bet you have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now, what are you waiting for?

Mint Savory Dishes

Some varieties of mint are best suited for savory dishes, like ginger mint for example. It has a slight gingery flavor that would lend itself well to a mint coriander chutney.

Pineapple mint is slightly sweet and fruity, perfect for a pineapple mint chutney or fresh pineapple mint salsa!

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Fresh Pineapple Mint Salsa

Fresh pineapple and mint are combined with jalapenos and lime juice in this fruity salsa!

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This cucumber mint jam would be an excellent way to use up some of your garden’s cucumbers. Try pairing it with cheese and crackers on a grazing board!

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Cucumber Mint Jam

Make the most of an abundant cucumber harvest with this deliciously unusual and oh-so-easy- cucumber mint jam recipe with canning instructions included.

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Every salad needs to be dressed to impress! Don’t you love how fresh and vibrant the colors are of both of these: fresh mint dressing and lemon mint dressing?

A watermelon cucumber salad is fresh, minty, and refreshing. You can bet this is on my summer to-do list!

Homemade tzatziki and mint and lemon hummus are favorites of mine and I love serving them with toasted pita wedges and crisp raw vegetables from my garden.

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Fresh Mint Lemon Hummus

Mint Lemon Hummus Recipe is refreshing, and it’s so easy to make your own hummus with garbanzo beans. Delicious served with crunchy vegetables and a few crisp crackers!

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Try drying fresh mint with your homemade drying screen and whip up a unique take on a spinach yogurt dip.

By now you know how much I love cooking with cast iron. Try cooking lamb loin chops in your favorite cast iron skillet and top it with mint chimichurri.

Pescatarian? Maybe this grilled branzino with cilantro mint relish is more to your liking.

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Lamb with Mint Chimichurri

The vinegar-garlic bite of chimichurri meets the classic mint/lamb combination, and the result is AWESOME.

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Mint pesto is another delicious twist on the ever versatile recipe!

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Mint Pesto

Bring a little flavor into your life with this zippy, bright, and fresh mint pesto. It's made with loads of fresh mint, parsley, and almonds. Use it on everything from salad to pasta to toast!

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Who doesn’t love a fritter now and again? These pea and mint fritters would make the perfect Meal Prep Sunday dish! Pack them in school lunches or snack on them on your lunch break.

Mint can also be used as a flavor accompaniment to many lacto fermented vegetables. Try this lacto fermented celery mint salad or preserving mint with lacto fermentation.

Mint Bath & Body

Mint can be invigorating for your scalp and hair follicles. It is also said to reduce hair loss. Give your hair the boost it needs with my rosemary and mint shampoo bars. This will be your family’s new favorite, I promise!

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Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bars

Learn how to make these homemade rosemary mint shampoo bars - they smell amazing, and are a wonderful herbal beauty care product!

Garden mint soap bars tantalize the senses and heal minor skin irritations with the help of French green clay. Another option is to make natural peppermint soap.

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Peppermint Soap

Recipe and instructions for how to make natural cold-process soap with peppermint essential oil. Includes a full DIY video explaining each step.

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This cucumber mint bath soak makes a soothing and relaxing end to a busy day when you just need some me-time.

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Cucumber Mint Bath Soak

Fresh cucumbers and mint leaves combine with Epsom salt to create this lightly scented and refreshing bath soak made from locally sourced ingredients.

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A homemade mint sugar scrub made with coconut oil is an efficient way to slough off dead or dry skin.

Do you ever wake up to a face full of smelly dog breath? Offer your furry friend some breath freshener treats, your nose will thank you!

Mint Remedies

Mint can be used in a multitude of herbal remedies. One of my personal favorite ways to use it is in an herbal sun tea with hibiscus, lemon balm, and rose.

Get your probiotic fix with this lacto fermented herbal tea that has added whey or powdered starter culture.

Rub some peppermint and pine headache salve into your temples after a long day and decompress.

Mint infused oil can be used in this recipe for natural wasp control around the homestead or a peppermint salve.

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DIY Headache Salve with Peppermint

This DIY headache salve with peppermint, coconut oil, and beeswax is all natural and a wonderful herbal home remedy for headaches.

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I don’t know about you, but I love lollipops just as much as children do. These anti nausea ginger mint lollipops are so simple to make and only contain four natural ingredients. They also make a powerful sore throat soother!

Tinctures are a potent way to get the most out of your medicinal herbs. A peppermint tincture and herbal digestion tincture are both great at relieving bloating, gas, and upset stomachs.

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Peppermint Tincture

Get all of the benefits of peppermint in this simple to make tincture!

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If you’re having trouble sleeping, try this valerian mint cordial at bedtime to help you rest!

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Valerian Mint Cordial

Getting a good night’s sleep is important, and valerian mint cordial is the perfect herbal nightcap to help summon the sandman.

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I also have several recipes and remedies that use mint in my book Healing Herbal Infusions, such as Lavender & Peppermint Sore Muscle Oil, Thyme, Peppermint & Honey Tea for Coughs, and Sunflower, Violet Leaf & Mint Vinegar Hair Rinse.

Do you grow mint in your garden? Which mint recipes are you most looking forward to trying?

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What natural remedies can you get from mint? ›

Medicinal Use of Mint Plants

Mint has been long known as an herbal remedy, easing queasy stomachs, calming stress and anxiety, and promoting restful sleep. Peppermint tea has long been viewed as an excellent way to ease an upset stomach, calm the digestive tract and alleviate indigestion, gas, and cramps.

What herbs go well with mint? ›

Add near the end of cooking process. Mint Sweet, tangy asparagus, beans, baby carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, yogurt combines well with basil, clove, cumin, dill, ginger, oregano, parsley, thyme Bunches of fresh mint will keep for 2 days in a glass of water in the kitchen.

What fruit goes best with mint? ›

Pairing Mint Flavors
  • Cucumber.
  • Lemon.
  • Lime.
  • Lime & Rum (Mojito)
  • Tropical Fruits (Papaya, Mango)
  • Watermelon.
Oct 25, 2023

What can I do with fresh peppermint leaves? ›

10 ways to use Mint leaves in the Kitchen
  1. To prepare the mint syrup. You can make your own mint syrup at home by boiling mint leaves with one part sugar and two parts water. ...
  2. Add to your pesto. ...
  3. To spice up fruit salads. ...
  4. To prepare mint tea. ...
  5. To make minty chocolate chip cookies. ...
  6. Add to vegetables. ...
  7. In soups. ...
  8. To garnish desserts.
Mar 16, 2020

What are 4 medicinal uses of mint? ›

12 Health Benefits of Mint Leaves That You Should Know!
  • Treat Indigestion.
  • Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Improve Respiratory Complaints.
  • Oral Care.
  • Improve Brain Power.
  • Boosts Immunity.
  • Beats Stress & Depression.
  • Help in Breastfeeding Pain.
Mar 20, 2024

What does too much mint do to your body? ›

There are calcium and sodium channels in cell membranes throughout our bodies, and that is why we can see systemic toxicity after swallowing or inhaling concentrated amounts of menthol. Serious effects include seizures, coma, and death. Menthol can cause eye and skin irritation.

What is the best mint for drinking? ›

7 Types Of Mint For Your co*cktails
  • Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) ...
  • Moroccan Mint (Mentha spicata var. ...
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata) ...
  • Mojito Mint (Mentha nemorosa) ...
  • Chocolate Mint (Mentha piperita) ...
  • Orange Mint (Mentha piperita citrata) ...
  • Pineapple Mint.

What flavors compliment mint? ›

Mint can also temper heat-inducing chili in spicy Thai noodles or salsa. Citrusy and slightly sweet coriander is offset with refreshing mint in roasted chicken or rice pilaf. Additionally, licorice-like fennel, tart apple and herbal mint combine well for salads and slaws.

What herbs don't go well together? ›

Examples of herbs that do not grow well together include chamomile and dill, dill and fennel, and basil and rue. It's best to research the specific herbs if you plan to grow and their compatibilities before planting them together.

How do you serve mint in a drink? ›

First, muddle the mint.

Place it in the bottom of a co*cktail shaker and use a co*cktail muddler to press it until it becomes aromatic. When you're muddling the mint, your goal isn't to pulverize it or crush it. Instead, just bruise it slightly to help it release its fragrant oils.

What is the perfect pair for mint green? ›

Popular choices include white, cream, beige, wood tones, and other pastels such as light pink, lilac, peach, and soft blue. What is the opposite of mint green? The opposite, or complementary, color of mint green, is raspberry red.

Can you eat raw mint leaves? ›

Mint leaves are a tender herb with gentle stems. It is best to add them raw or at the end of the cooking process. This helps them maintain their delicate flavor and texture.

How to make peppermint tincture? ›

For an herb tincture
  1. Pack fresh herbs into a clean glass jar with a tight lid.
  2. Fill with 80-proof vodka.
  3. Cover the mouth of the jar with wax paper or plastic wrap. Close the lid tightly and shake well. ...
  4. Strain and keep the liquid in a glass bottle. Label with the name and date.
Jun 26, 2015

How do you make medicine with mint leaves? ›

For peppermint oil
  1. Crush or muddle fresh peppermint leaves in a glass jar with a tight lid.
  2. Cover the leaves with olive or grapeseed oil. Close the jar and shake.
  3. Store for three days. Strain into a bowl and discard the leaves.
  4. Pack the jar with fresh leaves, pour the oil back in the jar and cover with fresh oil.
Jun 26, 2015

Does mint fight infection? ›

In test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Menthol and methyl salicylate, the main ingredients in peppermint, have antispasmodic effects, with calming effects on the gastrointestinal tract.

What does drinking mint leaves do for your skin? ›

Mint leaves can lock moisture into your skin by tightening your pores. You can also hydrate your skin by drinking lemon and mint-infused water, a refreshing drink that can be consumed daily. It revitalises you from the inside out and can help boost your immune system.


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