Making lemon iced tea is easy, and endlessly adaptable: you can brew it light or strong, drink it unsweetened or sweetened. Once you’ve got the lemon iced tea perfect, you can start getting creative. And make your iced tea more interesting with the added flavor of fruits, juices, and nectarines.
During the summer season, there is nothing more refreshing than a chilled glass of lemon iced tea. What I like most about the iced tea prepared at home is you can control the amount of sweetness. Unlike the packaged one which is loaded with preservatives and artificial sweetener. It is always best to brew your own crystal light lemon iced tea at home. It is fun and an absolute thirst quencher.
I am nearly obsessed with the iced tea. Durin the season, a pitcher full of this goodness is always sitting in my fridge. And I prefer my iced tea only with lemon juice. Without any infused flavors or fruits. Just perfectly brewed tea decoction with a drizzle of honey, mint and lemon juice. An occasional flavored orange iced tea or nimbu pudina sherbet is always an exception to the rule for my family. But on a routine basis, it always has to be lemon iced tea. I love to sip that golden-colored hue while watching the sunset, almost similar colors are smeared all over the horizon.
For those who think making iced tea at home is utterly complex – let me prove you wrong. It requires less than 20 minutes to prepare basic iced tea to the perfection. And don’t worry about the steeping process it is stupidly simple and requires minimal time near the gas stove. There is only one thing that can go wrong while making an iced tea – steeping the tea for too long. Anywhere between 5 – 6 minutes is a good enough time to steep a strong iced tea. Never, ever boil the tea leaves in water. For the perfect color and taste, all you need to do is steep the tea leaves in the warm water. If you want a less strong iced tea, then keep the brew time around 3 – 5 minutes.
Simple and hassle-free being our watchwords for the summer, iced teas can easily be produced in big batches for friends, for parties, or simply to last you for the week. They also look really attractive (as well as tickling the taste buds!). Use good organic honey to sweeten your iced tea. Or if you don’t bother about the calories then use sugar. You can totally customize it as per your preference. And that is one fun fact about this homemade lemon iced tea.
How to make lemon iced tea in less than 20 minutes:
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Making perfect lemon iced tea is easy, and endlessly adaptable.
- 2 teaspoon loose tea leaves chai patti
- 4 glasses of water
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Honey/sugar to taste
- lemon slices
- few fresh mint leaves
- ice cubes
Boil four cups of water in a saucepan. Turn off the heat.
Add sugar (if using) and stir to dissolve it.
Add the loose tea leaves or the tea bags. Cover the pan with a lid.
Allow the tea to steep for 3 - 5 minutes. Not more than that.
Remove the tea bags or sieve the liquid. Allow the liquid to cool down.
Add the lemon juice and sweeten the iced tea using honey (if not using sugar) to your taste.
Stir in the ice cubes. Add freshly cut lemon slices and mint leaves for some fresh flavor.
Serve lemon iced tea chilled.
You can use tea bags as well instead of loose tea leaves.
If you are using sugar as a sweetener, it is important to dissolve it in boiling water before adding tea leaves/tea bags.