Iced Lemon Tea
A tall glass of iced tea with lemon is so refreshing during warm weather that most people make it up by the pitcher to sip on all day.
Here are some green iced tea recipes for lemon with fruit, ginger, honey, or mint.
Start by preparing 4 cups of your usual green tea, only use 50% more leaf or teabags.
After steeping, remove the leaves, and let it cool.
Juice one lemon, separating out the seeds.
You may wish to preserve the zest or grated rind, or peel it for a garnish before you squeeze the juice out.
For that intense lemony flavor, add the grated zest to the hot tea, let steep, then strain it out when you remove the leaves.
Warm 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup honey until blended.
Fill your pitcher with ice, add the juice and honey to the cool tea, and fill the pitcher with the mixed juice-tea blend.
Enjoy all summer long!
Everyone’s taste for sweetness varies, especially with lemons.
Some can drink the plain juice with water and only a dash of maple syrup like Beyonce’s detox drink.
Others prefer a stronger lemonade taste.
Overuse of sweeteners will always add calories so most of us should try to cut back.
Please modify these recipes to your own taste, try to reduce the sweeteners, or choose non-caloric sweeteners like stevia.
After all, lemons are already one of the lowest calorie fruits available.
You can vary the honey from 1 tablespoon to about ½ cup, and the lemons can be increased up to 4 or more.
Most people have very individual taste responses to this tea.
Work with the proportions until you are satisfied.
If you prefer sugar, lo-cal sweeteners, or stevia, again use to taste.
Iced lemon tea variations
You can add fresh chopped mint or sprigs of mint to your iced lemon tea for an extra cooling effect.
Add slices of fresh ginger root or small chunks of crystallized ginger.
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Preliminary research shows that citrus fruit like lemons will help stabilize them and increase their availability.
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