Recently, I’ve developed a love of Lemon Iced Tea. I try not to buy it often, due to the crazy amount of corn-syrup and other non-mentionables, however the taste is refreshing and it’s hard for me to say no. I’ve been researching for a while now for an easy recipe to make at home however none have been to my taste, as Americans have their Iced Tea very sweet. I’ve adapted numerous recipes and created my own recipe, which has been under extensive testing. The final result is below – it has a strong tea flavour and is light with the sugar. It’s super easy to make and the sugar amount is reasonable to digest (so no guilty conscience!).
It took a while to perfect the taste, and I did try combining the lemon juice with the sugar, however it seems to change flavours over the duration of the time it sits in the fridge. As mentioned below, I suggest adding the lemon juice when you are serving it.
As always, I would love to hear feedback from you – especially if you try this recipe at home!
- 2 litres of water
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 2 teabags of black tea, with the paper labels removed
- Lemon slices
- Mint leaves (optional)
Pour the 2 litres of water in a pot and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is at a rolling boil, drop the 2 teabags into the water and turn off the heat. Cover and let it steep for 1 hour.
After an hour, remove the teabags from the water and add the sugar. The water should still be warm, so it’ll allow the sugar to dissolve. Stir well and allow to sit for a few minutes. Stir again and transfer the mixture to a jug to cool.
Allow the mixture to cool naturally before placing it in the fridge. Once in the fridge, it will take about 4 hours to become cold.
To serve, add ice to a glass and squeeze a slice of lemon. Add the slice and the iced tea mixture and serve.
Note: I like to add a mint leaf to my iced tea sometimes as it adds another element of flavour, however this is optional. If you like the tea stronger, reduce the sugar to your required taste. I prefer to use English Breakfast tea however any black tea will work fine but it will create a different flavour.