Better Than the Best Stuff on Earth: Lemon Iced Tea




The best stuff on Earth? I beg to differ. Snapple is delicious, has vitamins and antioxidants, and will keep you hydrated and energized. I will not deny that. However, I do not like shelling out the $8.00 for a 6-pack of lemon tea. With a few simple ingredients, you can brew your own tea with the same health benefits, the same flavor (or a more customized flavor, your choice), and the pride of crafting something with your own two hands. Enjoy.


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Step 1: Ingredients of a Winner

There are few things needed for this tea. For the sake of the readers, I have compiled a list:

-1 quart of water
-1 bag green tea
-1 bag black tea
-Lemon juice

-1 quart jar
-1 quart jar lid
-1 tablespoon measuring device
-Kitchen timer

Not pictured:

-1 1/2 quart sauce pan
-Saucepan lid

Step 2: Crafting Your Brew

Needless to say, this is the most vital step. But for the ones out there that didn't catch on, this is the most vital step. Again. It is still important.

Pour 1 quart of water into the saucepan.
Put the lid on the saucepan and put it on the stove to boil.
Boil it.
Once the water has been boiled, pour it into the jar.

Set the kitchen timer for 20 minutes.
Put both the green and black tea bags in the water.
Start the timer and let the tea steep for 20 minutes.

When the timer goes off, pull the tea bags out of the tea.
Apply 15-17 squirts of lemon juice (more for more lemony flavor, less for less lemony flavor).
*Scoop 7 tablespoons of sugar into the tea.

*You don't have to use sugar, but it makes the final product of lesser quality. Also, 7 tablespoons of sugar may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that this is a quart (2 servings) and that many sodas and juices have more sugar than this.

Step 3: Be a Finisher

Almost done. The rewards for your efforts will soon be presented.

Place the lid on the jar.
Snug the lid down.

Shake the jar. You could go for the classic shake, or you could dance, do jumping jacks, or put it into the dryer (not recommended). A good shaking should make a decent head of foam. Trust me, it tastes better with the foam.

The tea has been properly mixed. The tea can be consumed warm if you are sick or it is cold, but it is much better cold. Put it in the fridge.

Congratulations! You have just made a top notch jar of tea. Cheers.


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    13 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice one! Modified the recipe a little and its a perfect summer drink! Thank you!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The Pom liqueur I made through the ible here turns this Arnold Palmer into an amazing John Daly


    9 years ago on Introduction

    would usin ices tea bags work instead of black tea bags?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This recipe requires regular-sized bags or family-sized bags of tea? I typically buy the family-sized bag use w/ the Mr. Coffee Iced Tea maker. Would like to give this method a shot.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I used regular sized bags, but family size would work also. You would need to adjust the steeping time.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    About how much is a squirt? My lemon juice doesn't have a squirting lid just one that screws off.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Pretty close to how we used to make tea out on the Cape when I was a kid. We would add about a cup of fresh cranberry juice while it was warm for taste. Great job explaining the process, but you might want to remind noobs that try this to fully sanitize the jars before filling or you can get some weird crud growing in there and the taste gets horrible.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The tea in that jar just stays in the fridge for easy drinking. With the jars, you are right, they do need to be clean. Also, with the jars, you could pressure cook the tea for room temperature storage. Thanks for the input. Z