One time I brought this homemade iced tea to the beach, my friend said I should bottle and sell it. I said she must be kidding. When I make iced tea, I don’t usually use a specific recipe. I just make it here and there with whatever ingredients I have on hand. Sometimes I use a combo of lemon and lime slices. Sometimes if I don’t have mint, I just omit it altogether. I just love making and drinking homemade iced tea!
This Memorable Drink is great if you don’t like the traditional black iced tea. I find it lighter and more refreshing. My favourite thing to do is pack it into a giant drink thermos filled with ice and bring it to the beach or picnic. Of course you can enjoy this yummy drink at your own backyard barbeque or just on a hot summer’s day!
- 4 cups Boiled Water
- 4 Green Tea Bags (or loose leaf equivalent)
- 4 thick slices of Ginger
- 1 Lemon, sliced
- 1 cup of fresh Mint Leaves
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup Honey
- 4 cups Ice
- Steep the tea and ginger in boiled water for 5 minutes in a heatproof measuring cup.
- If using loose leaf tea, put tea in tea ball or strain loose tea leaves after it’s been steeped.
- Pour steeped tea, including the ginger into a large jug.
- Stir honey into the steeped tea and mix. (Start off with 1/4 cup first and add more as needed.)
- Scrunch up the mint leaves in your hands to release the flavour and put them into the jug along with the lemon slices.
- Stir the mixture and bruise the lemon slices up with a wooden spoon in the jug to release more flavour.
- Refrigerate until cold.
- Once it’s cold add the ice cubes before serving.
Note #1: Adjust the ingredients to your taste. If you like your tea stronger, steep it longer. If you like it sweeter, use more honey, etc.
Note #2: If you don’t have time to cool the tea in the fridge, use 2 cups of boiled water to steep the tea and 6 cups of ice cubes instead.