Mint Shiso Tisane

[Photographs: Autumn Giles]

With hints of fennel and also a spicy note, like cinnamon, shiso adds complexity to a classic, cooling mint tea. Look for green shiso leaf in Asian markets or at your local greenmarket.

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Mint Shiso Tisane

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 4 cups
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:8 hours
Special equipment:fine mesh strainer
This recipe appears in: 3 Iced Tisanes to Make at Home with Fresh Herbs


  • 15 small sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish if desired
  • 5 sprigs fresh shiso, plus more for garnish if desired
  • 4 cups boiling water


  1. 1

    Place the mint and shiso in a large heatproof container. Pour boiling water over the herbs and let steep for 15 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a second heatproof container. Discard solids.

  2. 2

    Let cool to room temperature then refrigerate until cold. Serve in ice filled glasses, garnished with a small sprig of fresh mint and or shiso if desired.


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