The sun is coming out ready for summer and I’ve got an incredibly refreshing Lemon Tea recipe for you. All you need is teabags, water and some lemons and you have this great cooling drink that everyone will love.
If you are making this for a party, I’d advise you make it the night before since it requires a good 4 hours in the fridge to completely cool down. You can speed up the cooling process by adding ice as it cools down but I let the lemon flavour develop during the cooling by adding the clean peel of the lemon.
There are many famous brands of Lemon Iced Tea out there such as Lipton but it can be quite expensive. This version, which tastes incredibly similar if not better, costs a fraction of what it would to buy it.
This is enough to make around 2 litres of Lemon Tea
8 standard teabags – no need to be fancy with different leaves, value teabags work well and keep the cost down
4 cups boiling water
120g granulated sugar
About 1 cup boiling water
4 cups cool water
¼ cup lemon juice
Peel of ½ lemon, chopped into strips with the pith removed as much as possible
Ice, to serve
Place the teabags into a large heatproof bowl and pour over the 4 cups of boiling water. Give it a stir and leave to infuse for 5 minutes exactly; too long and it will be bitter; too little and it will be weak.
In a separate heatproof bowl, dissolve the granulated sugar in the 1 cup of boiling water, stirring until the water is clear and there are no visible granules. Set aside.
After the teabags have infused, squeeze them and then remove from the bowl. Add the sugar, the 4 cups of cool water and the lemon juice. Give it a stir, taste and then adjust to your preference.
Transfer to a large jug, pitcher or individual bottles using a funnel and refrigerate for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, stir and add the lemon peel strips and refrigerate for 2-3 hours until cool.
Serve over ice or with a slice of lemon.