Lemon Iced Tea

November 17, 2022
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Who can say no to a glass of iced tea filled with citrus flavor? This Lemon Iced Tea is a refreshing and practical summer drink!

One of the most popular drinks, particularly in hot weather, is iced tea. You only need five ingredients to make iced tea at home. Black or green tea can be used to make this lemon iced tea. A cold and easy drink made with your favorite type of tea and brewing method!

This quick and easy recipe will be a summer favorite. Refreshing and full of fruity flavor! It's time to enjoy the warm, sunny days outside. Take a glass of cold tea and lie down by the pool, but first, prepare this unique recipe in the kitchen.

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Taste Score: %82
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 45 mins

Tips

  • Use fresh lemons.
  • Use high-quality leaf tea bags or loose-leaf tea.
  • Black tea is perfect for this recipe. However, you can also use green tea or white tea. For more, check out our ‘Types of Tea’ post.
  • If you are using green tea, use the hot brew method. Cold brew can lighten the tea.
  • You can use the hot brew or cold brew method.
  • For stronger tea, add an extra ½ tablespoon of tea or 1 tea bag.
  • If you prefer light tea instead of strong tea, you can use fewer tea bags. In addition, steeping the tea for less time also makes the tea lighter.
  • Steep for 5 minutes or less to prevent the tea from turning bitter.
  • You can use any kind of sugar or sweetener.
  • You can use honey, simple syrup, agave syrup, or maple syrup instead of sugar.
  • Use sweeteners like maple syrup and agave syrup to make the recipe vegan.
  • Use keto sweeteners like stevia and coconut sugar to make the recipe keto.
  • You can also prepare this recipe without sugar.
  • Add lemon zest to the recipe to boost the citrus flavor.
  • Use a heatproof jug. Otherwise, the glass jug may burst.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Brew the tea, and keep 2 tea cups of tea in a jug.
  2. Add 1 cup of water into a large coffee pot and boil it. When it boils, squeeze the lemon juice and add it. Grate the lemon peels to increase the aroma and add on it.
  3. Add mint, lemon salt and sugar into the coffee pot and boil. After the sugar melts, close the bottom of the stove.
  4. Strain the mixture and mix it with the tea.
  5. Then put the jug in the refrigerator and wait for it to cool.
  6. Pour the tea into glasses filled with ice.
  7. Serve with fresh mint and lemon slices.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Lemon Iced Tea
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
Calories91
% Daily Value*
Sodium 12 mg0.5%
Potassium 115 mg2.4%
Protein 0.8 g1.6%
Total Fat 0.2 g0.3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Type of Tea Is Best for Iced Tea?

Iced tea can be made by either hot brewing or cold brewing. According to the brewing method, tea can be preferred. Black tea is often used for iced tea. However, green tea, white tea, or oolong tea can also be used.

In addition, when making iced tea, attention should be paid to the quality of the tea. High quality leaf tea bags or loose leaf tea should be used.

For more, check out our ‘Types of Tea’ post.

How To Make the Best Lemon Iced Tea?

To make the best cold tea at home:

  • Use fresh lemons.
  • Use high quality tea. Opt for loose-leaf tea or a high-quality leaf tea bag.
  • Do not use very hot water. Boiling water can make the tea bitter. Therefore, brew the tea at 180-190 °F (80-90 °C) for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Allow the tea to cool to room temperature before adding ice or cold water.
  • Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved. Cook sugar and water in a small saucepan until completely dissolved. Then add it to the tea.
  • Also, iced tea can be made by either cold brewing or hot brewing.
  • If you are using green tea, opt for the hot-brew method. Otherwise, the tea may become bitter.

How To Make Hot Brew Tea?

To make iced tea with the hot brew method;

Measure the tea. Use 1 teaspoon of leaf tea or 1 black tea bag for a cup of iced tea. If you want a stronger tea flavor, increase the amount of tea; for a lighter tea flavor, decrease the amount of tea.

Heat the water. Adjust the temperature of the water according to the type of tea you use. Be careful not to boil the water for too long.

Brew the tea. Infuse the tea for 3-5 minutes, depending on the type of tea you use. After brewing, remove the tea bags or strain the loose leaf tea. Transfer the tea to the jug. Be careful not to brew the tea for too long. Otherwise, the tea may sting.

Sweeten the tea. Add sugar, honey, or syrup while the tea is hot. Mix until completely dissolved.

Cool the tea. After waiting 5-10 minutes at room temperature, put the tea in your refrigerator.

How To Make Cold Brew Tea?

To make iced tea with the cold brew method;

Measure the tea. Use a teaspoon of tea leaves or a tea bag per cup.

Add water. Put the tea in the jug and add cold water to it.

Sweeten the tea. Boil sugar and water in a pot. Then let the mixture cool to room temperature. When completely cool, add to the jug.

Cool the tea. Refrigerate the prepared tea mixture for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Strain the tea. Strain the leaf tea or remove the tea bags.

What To Serve with Lemon Iced Tea?

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How To Store Lemon Iced Tea?

You can store this freshly homemade iced tea in a glass jar with a lid or a jug in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can Homemade Lemon Iced Tea Be Frozen? Yes. You can freeze lemon iced tea. Pour the cold tea you have prepared into ice cubes or put it in a freezer bag. When you want to use it, put the iced teas in the jug.

Recipe byPetite Gourmets

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