Place the tea, mint extract or mint leaves, and sugar, if desired, in a teapot. heat the water to a boil and pour the water into the teapot. Let the tea brew for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your taste. Strain or pour the tea into a cup. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.
NOTE: You can also mix fresh or dried mint leaves with the Gunpowder tea before brewing--1/2 teaspoon of each works best. Then omit the mint extract from the recipe.