Real Iced Lemon Sweet Tea. This classic recipe perfect for the summer, and even easier now that I have my own lemon trees. Moving to Australia from Canada caused many food culture shocks, introducing amazing new foods, and causing me to miss favourites, like Sweet Lemon Iced Tea.
I’d like to say that I only drank home-made, organic lemon, fair trade iced tea made with spring water, but that would be a lie. Sweet Lemon Iced Tea is so readily available in North America, from on-tap at McDonalds with your meals, or at your supermarket in 2L bottles for the same price as a 2L Coke, I didn’t appreciate the availability of my favourite drink.
When we first moved here years ago, some people had never heard of iced tea, and when it arrived, it was a premium product, in 1.5L sized bottles for $4.17. Don’t get me started on Snapple which recently graced out shores, at $2.69 for the small bottle. Yes, the small bottle!!!! So iced tea has failed to take off in Australia, mostly due to the greed of the bottling companies who want to market this as a premium drink. Ok, so I’m finished with my rant. Luckily I have 2 lemon trees in my yard, which provides me lemons year round, perfect for making Sweet Lemon Iced Tea.
It’s surprisingly easy to make, as long as the ratio’s you’re using are correct. It’s so important to use a good quality tea that gives deep colour and flavour. If you are using cheap tea, you will need to add a few more to get the proper flavour. PG Tips or Typhoo are great British teas which I recommend.
Homemade Sweet Lemon Iced Tea is much tastier and healthier than commercially processed iced tea (healthier due to the antioxidants in the real tea, instead of added tea flavours), plus you get to control the sugar content. It’ll be hard to go back to Lipton or Nestea after making this recipe. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Sweet Lemon Iced Tea
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice about 6 lemons
- 4 cups of hot water
- 4 black tea bags
- 1 cup of sugar
- 4 litre jug
Using a lemon squeezer, press enough lemons to make 1 cup of lemon juice and strain through a sieve to remove pulp and seeds.
Place hot water in small jug and steep 4 tea bags. Use a quality black tea/orange pekoe tea, such as PG Tips. Allow the tea bags to gently release their flavour. Do not squeeze the tea bags when removing, as this releases the bitter tannins and will ruin the taste of your tea.
Add 1 cup of sugar to the hot tea, and stir until the sugar completely dissolves.
Put the hot tea mixture and the lemon juice into the 4 litre jug and fill to the top with cold water.
Sweeten to taste if required, and serve over ice with fresh lemon slices.