This Ginger Lemon Iced tea is sweetened with honey and is your perfect guilt free summer drink!
The blazing sun, the whirring of the fans, and that itchy feeling you get with each sweat drop, NEEDS a cooler! Not only does an iced tea cool you down, this one is sugar free!
Iced teas have been a SAVIOUR for my soda addiction. Quitting fizzy drinks cold turkey never works cz the sugar addiction is REAL you guys. I shifted to packaged juices for a while but of course they have a truck load of sugar too. Eventually, I started drinking Iced teas, sometimes with sparkling water mixed in. And I have never looked back!
Tips to Personalize your Iced tea
- Adapt the tea to your taste – Just as it is with regular tea, you can easily decide how strong or how light you want your iced tea to be. Brew the tea for longer, use more tea bags or use loose tea to create a stronger taste.
- Use baking soda – Most people recommend using baking soda in iced teas to get rid of the bitterness of the tea. This recipe doesn’t need it but if you are planning on making it stronger, consider adding a half a pinch of baking soda while brewing the tea.
- Flavors – Try different flavor variations mentioned below to create a customized iced tea for yourself
- Ice and fruit– Always add ice and fruit to your glass rather than the pitcher, so that your tea doesn’t get water down and the fruit doesn’t break down.
- Sweetener – I’ve used honey in this recipe to create a sugar free iced tea. You can use any other sweetener of your liking. Stevia, coconut sugar, brown sugar or regular sugar. Add more or less according to your taste.
- Servings – This recipe creates 2 tall glasses of iced tea so the tea steeping can simply happen in a mug. But if you decide to create a large batch of this iced tea, make sure to use a heat-proof pitcher/pot for steeping the tea.
Flavor Variations and other options
- Tea blends – Go ahead and explore different kinds of tea for this recipe. I’ve used regular Lipton black tea bags.
- Mint leaves pair really well with the lemon and ginger.
- Pineapple juice – Add 1/4 cup of pineapple juice to the brewed tea to create a sweet citrusy iced tea that is just delicious
- Sparkling water – Brew the tea with 1/2 the water mentioned in the recipe and use sparkling water later to add a little zing to your iced tea.
- Other Spices – Green cardamom and cinnamon sticks are 2 other spices that can give you a brilliant eastern spiced iced tea blend. Use them together or separately to create magic.
Other Guilt free Summer coolers for you:
Ginger lemon Iced tea
- 3 Black tea bags I used Lipton
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 inch piece of ginger
- 1 cup water.
- 18 to 20 pieces ice cubes
- Lemon slices
- Boil water in a kettle or a pot.
- In a big mug, add tea bags and ginger. Pour boiling water in the mug
- Dip the tea bags multiple times and let the tea brew for 10 mins.
- Remove the tea bags, and add honey and lemon juice. Mix well.
- Fill 2 glasses with ice cubes and a few lemon slices. Pour the hot tea over the ice cubes. Mix well and drink.