Lemon Ice Tea Recipe [Video]

Lemon Ice Tea recipe with video instructions. Lemon Ice Tea is a popular Summer non-alcoholic drink made by flavoring cold tea with lime juice. It is served chilled. 

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Lemon Ice Tea

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Ice Tea? Lemon Ice Tea is pretty much the only drink I have outside. Sorry, no soft drinks for me. And I've been adventurous with my ice tea as well, I've tried the rose, the peach, even the hibiscus Ice Tea. But as a loyalist, I keep coming back to the Lemon Ice Tea.

And these are the best day to enjoy a tall glass of ice tea. I love dragging my bean bag to the balcony, bask in the Summer sun while I listen to retro songs and sip on my chilled ice tea. Clean air and no traffic noise are some of the few benefits of the lockdown that I am enjoying.

Lemon Ice Tea

Lemon Ice Tea

Lemon Ice Tea isn't necessarily a healthy drink, but it definitely healthier than the bottled drinks you are buying. The sole reason being the sugar content. You get to control the type and quantity of the sweetener when you make Ice Tea at home. While I have used plain white sugar, the not so healthy option, you can easily substitute it with honey, agave syrup or maple syrup.

You can also go all crazy on the flavorings. Don't let your imagination stop you at just lemon. I did just that. I added a few other things to my ice tea that I love. While it would have been more appropriate to call this the Lemon-Mint-Ginger Ice Tea, I stuck to the dominant flavor while naming it. But it does have ginger and mint. Two things I believe make it taste even fresher. Oh yes, the other benefit of making your own Ice Tea - Freshness! Other than the tea leaves, which are obviously dried, everything else you put in there is fresh, so the flavor is so much more pronounced. And if you grow mint on your window sill, like me, it couldn't get any fresher than this.

Lemon Ice Tea

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Lemon Ice Tea Recipe

Lemon Ice TeaLemon Ice Tea is a chilled beverage made by flavoring ice col tea with lemon juice.

Recipe Type:  Beverage
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     5 minutes
Cook time:     15 minutes
Total time:     20 minutes
Yield:                1 Litre


1 litre Water
1-2 tsp Tea Powder
2-4 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Ginger, grated (Optional)
Handful of fresh Mint leaves
0.25 Lemon or Lime


1. Heat 1 litre of water until it reaches a rolling boil.
2. If using ginger, add it now and allow the water to boil for 2-3 minutes to infuse the ginger.
3. Add the tea powder and allow the water to boil for 3-4 minutes or until it has reached the desired strength. The tea should have the flavor of tea without tasting bitter, hence, the quantity of the powder is less.
4. Add in the sugar and mix well until combined. Add sugar as per taste. If replacing sugar with any natural sweetener like honey, agave or maple syrup, do not add it now.
5. Turn off the heat and add in the mint leaves, if using and allow to stand for 8-10 minutes.
6. Strain the tea. If using natural sweetener, add it now.
7. Allow the tea to reach room temperature and then add in the lemon or lime juice. Adding lemon juice when the tea is hot may turn in bitter, therefore, we are adding it once the tea has cooled.
8. Pour the tea in a bottle and chill for 8-12 hours or until cold.
9. Serve chilled, preferably, with ice cubes.

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