Two cocktail glasses filled with iced tea and garnished with mint leaves
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Invigorating Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

Time to enjoy warm, sunny days outside. There’s nothing better than relaxing on a sunny day at the beach or laying by the pool taking sips of a tall glass of sweet lemon iced tea.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Beverage, Summer Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon iced tea
Appliance: Stove, Tea Strainer
Servings: 4
Author: Sakina Kheriwala


  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tbsp black tea powder or tea leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ice cubes as required
  • few lemon slices for garnish optional


Steeping Tea

  • In a pan, pour 5 cups of water. Heat the water on a medium flame and let it come to a boil.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, switch off the flame and add 2 tablespoons of black tea powder.
  • Add sugar and mix well. 
  • Let the leaves steep for 4 to 5 minutes. For a lighter tea flavor, you can steep it for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • After the tea is steeped in hot water, then add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir with a spoon.
  • Now strain the lemon tea in a steel or glass jar.
  • Let the lemon tea cool at room temperature. Later, keep it in the fridge to let it chill. 

Making Iced Tea

  • While serving, add 4 to 5 ice cubes in a glass. You can add less or more as per your preference. 
  • You can also add 1 or 2 lemon slices. This is optional.
  • Pour the iced tea in the glass.
  • Garnish it with a lemon slice or a sprig of mint leaves.
  • Serve the iced tea immediately. Stir the lemon iced tea with a stirrer or a spoon.
    Iced green tea with lemon and fresh mint, with whole lemons


You can also use tea leaves. Green tea is a good choice for iced tea since it is rich in antioxidants. You can skip the sweetener - although you can use jaggery (the taste will be different). If using honey, then add it in the tea when it is at room temperature. Adding honey in hot tea or cooking it at high temperatures, makes honey toxic.