Ginger Lemon Iced Tea - so so refreshing! With the sour lemon and strong ginger paired with a little bit of mint, it's summer in a glass. This is even refined sugar-free! Alongside mojito, this is my go-to summer drink. Although this one's non-alcoholic, which is just all the better really. We don't need alcohol to dehydrate this summer refreshment.
And if you like this tea, don't forget to check out all my other tea recipes as well:
- Hibiscus Tea
- Guava White Tea
- Sore Throat Tea
- Grapefruit Mint Iced Tea (+ bonus sangria recipe!)
- Calendula Tea and Grapefruit Cider
- Rhubarb Raspberry Rooibos Iced Tea
There's always time for tea, whether it's hot or cold out. If you feel like partying or sitting by the fire.
But we can, of course, I'd totally do it for brunch or just because - but not every day? Let's leave the question mark just there. There's always something missing in a virgin mojito, but that is not the case for this ginger lemon iced tea.
Other summer drink recipes I can recommend to cope with the summer heat are these:
- Watermelon Limeade Slushie
- Cucumber Pomegranate (Vodka) Lemonade
- A Classic Mojito
- Homemade Berry Cordial
- Brazilian Lemonade
- Alcoholic Popsicles
The beauty of summer is definitely all the refreshing drinks, berries, and of course a healthy helping of ice cream.
Ginger Lemon Iced Tea Recipe
This is a ridiculously easy recipe. Boil 1 liter of water and pour into a heat-resistant mug, add in 4 bags of black tea. I used the cheapest Earl Grey, mostly because I had it and I don't drink that hot, so to get "rid of it", I used it. I usually use Twinings or Lipton Earl Grey. Nevertheless, cheap Earl Grey Iced Tea was super delicious too!
Add in the zest of one lemon, grate a knob of ginger, and two sprigs of mint. Muddle it a bit to release the juices. If you don't want such a strong ginger flavor, just don't grate it and slice it instead.
It will taste bitter if you add in the whole zest of the lemon including the white rind. Bitter could be your thing, then go ahead! If not, I'd zest it.
Let all this get to lukewarm
(but do not take out the tea bags). I'm telling you, this is taking forever. It's incredible how long it takes for this to cool down, especially compared to how quickly my cups of supposedly hot tea get cold! If I turn my eyes for a minute, bang, it's cold! That's fairly unfair. However, this ginger lemon iced tea does cool down, and when it does, yummm.
When lukewarm - add in honey and juice of one lemon. Remove the tea bags. Stir and give it a taste. It's more difficult to adjust the sweet level after it's cold because the honey won't dissolve.
Add in just 2 tablespoon first, and add more as you please. I like my iced tea sweet, but not all sugary. The tea and other flavorings need to come through too.
You can adjust the sweetness when it's cold too, but then you need to make a simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar, heat on the stove to dissolve the sugar). So it's pretty salvageable, especially if you're several people drinking it with a different opinion of perfect ginger lemon iced tea!
Run the iced tea through a sift to remove all zest and ginger pieces. Set in the refrigerator until it's cold. Serve with lemon slices, mint sprigs, and ice cubes.
I talk too much
I get so excited when food and drink are on the agenda. Especially tasty drinks like these. I'll shut up now. Just pour yourself a glass of iced tea, slice up a lemon and add a sprig of mint, get outside on the porch or in the backyard. Find a comfortable chair, relax and listen to the birds singing.
Summer on a plate...
- Tacos al Pastor
- Mango Chipotle Quinoa Bowl
- Tropical Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- Green Grape Smoothie
- Healthy Banana Pancakes
- Lemon Tea Cake
What's your favorite Summer drink?
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