Lemon Iced Tea is one of the simplest drinks you can make during a hot day. There are many flavoured variations out there but they are full of sugars. By making your own iced tea, you know what you are putting into your body.
You can always experiment with fresh flavours such as fruit extracts. Use a juicer or cook the fruits in a little bit of water to extract the flavour. Be sure to strain the extracts to avoid the stringy flesh from mixing into the tea (unless you like the pulpy texture). I often use fresh peaches but mangoes, pineapples and apples would also taste great.
I would recommend using strong flavoured tea leaves for maximum flavour.
This is a pretty simple and straight-forward recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
- 1 Tsp Loose Tea Leaves (Or 2 Tea Bags)
- 2 Lemons (1 Sliced, 1 Juiced)
- Ice Cubes
- Sugar – To Taste
- Mint – To Garnish
- Fresh Fruit Extracts – Optional
- Brew the tea (adjust the amount of tea leaves / tea bags depending on the strength of the leaves). Add the lemon juice and then adjust sugar to taste and let it cool
- If you are adding flavoured extracts, add them once the tea has cooled
- Grab four tall glasses and fill them to a third of the way with ice cubes
- Slide the lemon slices onto the sides of the glasses
- Bruise a few mint leaves with your fingers and add to the glasses
- Top with the brewed and cooled tea
- Garnish with remaining mint leaves and a slice of lemon
- Stir with a spoon to mix the flavours through
- Serve immediately.