Introduction: Lemon Iced Tea
Nothing Screams summer more than lemons and cold drinks, this is BOTH! A cool and refreshing iced tea is your best friend on a hot summer day and there is nothing better than coming home after a day out in the sun and seeing this in your fridge.
So, how can you make it at home without going through the boring process of making a simple syrup just to sweeten it up and wait for everything to cool down?
This recipe is the answer! It only has THREE ingredients other than the water and mint (the mint is completely optional). PLUS you can make it healthy! Swap out the sugar for honey or a healthy sweetener, whatever you prefer.
In a couple of minutes you'll have a ice cold lemon iced tea, or a glass of sunshine, either one!
The things you will need to make 2 cups of this lemon iced tea are:
- 2 tea bags (Any tea will work)
-1-2 Tbs Sugar/Honey/Sweetener
-1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
-2 sprigs of mint/basil (These are optional but they give some extra flavor)
-2 cups hot water
Step 1: The Ingredients
This recipe only needs a few ingredients that everyone has at home! To make this recipe I used fresh lemon juice, if that isn't available you can use store bought lemon juice instead.
In this recipe I used green tea but you can use any tea you like, black tea is the traditional tea used in lemon iced tea!
Step 2: When Life Gives You Lemons
To start off thinly slice about 1/2 a lemon and pick a few leaves of mint/basil if you have chosen to use any. Then place a 2-3 of each into your glass, I used this adorable mini milk bottle. Set these aside to make the tea.
Step 3: Brewing the Tea
In a jug add the your preferred sweetener (sugar/honey, etc) and the teabags. Then add the boiling water into the jug and stir, just until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Make sure the water you use is boiling, not just hot. This will ensure that the sugar dissolves completely and makes the tea nicer altogether.
Step 4: Time to Chill
We're almost there, carefully pour the tea into the glasses and let them cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes or until they are completely cold. Yes, it has to cool down completely. After all it is ICED tea.
This step is especially important if you are going to be adding ice, it stops the ice from watering down the tea as quickly!
Step 5: Serving
Once your iced tea has cooled you can add a few more mint/basil leaves, a few slices of lemon and ice to cool it down even more. There you have it, the world's best and most refreshing Lemon Iced Tea