As the summer approaches and the temps get warmer, I’m consuming iced tea en masse. I try to go the homemade route as often as possible, because I prefer my teas to be unsweetened. I do find I have my favorite bottled kinds that have little to no sugar added (such as Harney & Sons Iced Tea, SOUND Sparkling Tea, and Teas’ Tea), but the majority of typical bottled iced teas are loaded with sugar. Even my favorite well-known organic iced tea brand recently changed their peach white iced tea formula, increasing its sugar by 6 grams per serving; I just feel physically awful after drinking something with even 25 grams of sugar in it.
There is something satisfying about making homemade drinks such as iced tea. I feel better drinking something in which have complete control of the ingredient input. Plus, it’s fun! It takes roughly 15 minutes to put a good iced tea together. Instead of spending $2 dollars or more for a bottle at the store, or spending $3 dollars or more for whatever Starbucks considers “iced tea”, brewing your own from tea bags saves you money in the long run! I prefer to make my green iced tea from Harney’s Organic Green Tea with Citrus & Gingko. A tin may cost $8 dollars for six packets of tea, but one bag yields 8 cups. One tin yields 48 cups. Therefore, you’re paying about 17 cents per cup. And just imagine how much cheaper it’d be if you used less expensive tea… 😉
Iced Lemon Green Tea
(Makes 8 8oz. servings)
-1 Packet green iced tea or 3 – 6 bags green tea
-2 cups boiling water
-6 cups cold water
-1/2 lemon, sliced
Before We Get Started…
-As mentioned in the introduction and ingredients, I usually use the specific iced tea packet. This equates to about 3 – 6 bags worth of your regular-sized tea bag. Three tea bags creates a strong yet palatable green tea flavor. I personally find four bags is a good number to brew, otherwise the batch may become a little bitter. If brewing regular teabags, be sure to remove any tags before adding to water to steep.
-While I use lemon, other great (and welcomed) additions to this recipe would be about 1/2 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped, or about 3 tablespoons worth fresh sliced ginger. These can be added separately or in conjunction with the lemon. Experiment!
-Feel free to sweeten as needed, but I find the lemon flavor to be so strong, no sweeteners are necessary.
-Make sure you have a pitcher able to hold at least 8 cups of liquid ready to go. This recipe makes 8 cups on the nose, so you may have to dump a little out if it doesn’t all fit in the pitcher.
1.) Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add teabag(s) to water and turn off heat, allowing tea to steep for 15 minutes.
2.) Remove teabag(s) from water; if cool enough to the touch, squeeze out any remaining liquid from the bags into the water.
3.) Add tea to pitcher. Add cold water to pitcher. Add sliced lemons. Refrigerate.