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Lemon Iced Tea

Let’s make the most refreshing drink, iced tea, but with a lemon twist! Made with freshly squeezed lemons and orange pekoe black tea, this lemon iced tea is bursting with flavor with every sip and is a true crowd pleaser!

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Where are all my tea lovers? I raise my hand because I don’t drink coffee, I start my day with a glass of iced tea. And then continue to drink it all day long…

Homemade Lemon Iced Tea

Today, I want to share a fun and classic twist on the traditional recipe for iced tea. Adding a squeeze of lemon into tea is nothing new, but with a few extra minutes, you can turn those lemons into a lemon syrup to sweeten and take your iced tea to the next level!

This recipe is made from freshly squeezed lemons and mixed with just the right amount of sweetener for a perfectly balanced sweet lemon iced tea.

Lemon Iced Tea is a delicious beverage is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day, and it’s easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients. So next time you’re in the mood for something sweet and refreshing, give this recipe a try.

You’ll be sure to enjoy the perfectly balanced flavor of lemon iced tea. Enjoy!

Why you will LOVE this Drink!

  • Made with fresh, vibrant, mouth watering ingredients
  • Simple, and extremely quick to make
  • A classic, and a true crowd pleaser
  • Favorite of all the summer drinks
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Ingredients Needed

Lemons – For this recipe I used 4 smaller sized organic lemons plus an extra lemon for garnish (5 in total).

Sugar – Regular granulated table sugar is perfect for sweetening this recipe. It dissolves quickly and perfectly leaving behind no grainy residue. To make it more healthy, you can also sweeten this tea with honey or another sugar substitute (see recipe notes for more details).

Tea – I use about 8-9 standard size Lipton black tea bags, depending upon how strong I plan to make my tea (you can also use 4 family sized ice tea bags). Also, consider using your favorite black tea instead!

Water – An ingredient that can be overlooked is water, but in reality is of great importance! To get the best taste, I recommend using pure, filtered, or spring water if possible.

Ice – Ice is the finishing touch on a tall glass of cold tea. Personal preference may play a role here, but I like large ice cubes that do not melt as fast watering down the tea, and it keeps my glass cool as well!

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How to Make Homemade Lemon Iced Tea

First: Bring 8 cups water to a boil on stovetop in a medium saucepan. Once the water has come to a boil, turn off heat and add in tea bags (note: be sure to full submerge teabags into the water).

Cover and let tea steep for 5 minutes. Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the tea bags gently pressing any liquid from them.

Second: In another pot, measure freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, and sugar directly into the pot. Then, turn the heat on low and gently stir until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool enough to handle.

Third: Gently blend by pouring lemon and sugar syrup into the tea and stir together.

Fourth: Pour hot tea into a refrigerator safe pitcher with an airtight lid and refrigerate until cold! To serve, pour over ice and add lemon slices and mint. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Caffeine Content in Iced Tea

Iced lemon tea is made with black tea which does contain caffeine. However you can chose to substitute with decaffeinated tea! 

Storage and Shelf Life

Typically, lemon iced tea will stay fresh for about 5 days when stored properly. It can be prepped several days in advance and stored in a refrigerator safe container with a tight-fitting lid.

Serving Recommendations

  • Present this beautiful bright tea from a clear glass pitcher garnished with fresh lemon wedge and sprigs of mint leaves. 
  • When you are ready to serve, fill tall glasses with large ice cubes, add a slice of lemon or even lime and pour over tea. Top with sprig of mint!
  • Serve the best iced tea at your next BBQ with these amazing baked beans or this apple slaw!
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Tips for No Leftovers

  • This recipe uses standard size Lipton tea bags, however you can use the equivalent family size tea bags and chose from your your favorite type of black tea for iced tea!
  • Steeping the tea for a full 5 minutes is key. Less steeping time will result in a weaker tea. Over steeping with cause the tea to become bitter.
  • For stronger tea, use less water.
  • To avoid watering down your tea, only add ice to serving glasses.
  • If you like a strong lemon flavor, consider adding a bit of lemon zest to the simple syrup.
  • No fresh lemons available? Substitute squeezed lemon juice with lemon juice concentrate. I don’t recommend using lemon extracts
  • Make it sugar-free by using honey, or agave nectar. This might alter the flavor a bit, but the refreshing lemon tea flavor will still shine.
  • Do you like a really sweet tea? Feel free to add a bit more sweetener. Contrary, if you like a less sweet tea, feel free to use less sweetener. 
  • For more iced tea recipes try this raspberry iced tea!
  • Looking for something warm? Try this Starbucks Medicine Ball copycat recipe. It will do the trick!

This refreshing iced tea recipe is made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar, and black tea. It’s simple to make and can be enjoyed on a hot summer day!

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If you’re looking for a refreshing, special summer drink, look no further than this lemon ice tea recipe. Bursting with sweet citrusy flavor, this recipe is beyond simple, quick and easy to make. It’s perfect for serving to a large gathering or just to have on hand if a friend pops over for a visit!

three glasses of iced tea with lemon slices

Lemon Iced Tea

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This refreshing iced tea recipe is made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar, and black tea. It's simple to make and can be enjoyed on a hot summer day!

Ingredients

  • 8 1/2 Cups of Water, divided
  • About 4 Lemons
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 8-9 Regular Sized Lipton Tea Bags

Instructions

  1. Bring 8 cups of filtered or spring water to a boil on stovetop.
  2. Once the water has come to a boil, turn off heat and add tea bags to the hot water. (note: be sure to fully submerge teabags into the water)
  3. Cover and let tea steep for 5 full minutes.
  4. Once the tea has finished steeping remove the tea bags gently pressing any liquid from them.
  5. In another pot, measure1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 cup of water, and 1 cup of sugar directly into the pot.
  6. Then, turn the heat on low and gently stir until the sugar has fully dissolved. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool enough to handle.
  7. Gently blend by pouring lemon and sugar mixture into the tea and stir together.
  8. Pour tea into a refrigerator safe pitcher with an airtight lid and refrigerate until cold! To serve, pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon slices and mint. Enjoy!

Notes

  • This recipe uses standard size Lipton tea bags, however you can use the equivalent family size tea bags and chose from your your favorite type of black tea for iced tea!
  • Be sure the tea steeps for a full 5 minutes. Less steeping time will result in a weaker tea. Over steeping with cause the tea to become bitter.
  • For stronger tea, use less water.
  • To avoid watering down your tea, only add ice to serving glasses.
  • If you like a strong lemon flavor, consider adding a bit of lemon zest to the simple syrup.
  • No fresh lemons available? Substitute squeezed lemon juice with lemon juice concentrate. I don't recommend using lemon extracts
  • Make it sugar-free by using honey, or agave nectar. This might alter the flavor a bit, but the refreshing lemon tea flavor will still shine.
  • Do you like a really sweet tea? Feel free to add a bit more sweetener. Contrary, if you like a less sweet tea, feel free to use less sweetener. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 2gSugar: 52gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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