Lavender Iced Tea

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Cool off with a refreshing iced tea made with black tea and dried lavender. It’s easy to make at home using 5 ingredients.

Iced lavender black tea in a cup.

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Lavender Iced Tea

Bold and strong black tea and food-safe dried lavender are combined to create this refreshing iced tea.

Black tea can get bitter if steeped for too long, so the trick is to make sure the tea bag isn’t in the hot water for longer than needed.

The lightly sweetened, subtly floral iced tea is the perfect drink to enjoy on a hot day. Serve this refreshing drink at a baby or bridal shower.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Lavender iced tea is a refreshing, caffeinated beverage made with black tea, dried lavender, sugar, water, and ice.
  • Any black tea can used to make this drink, including English Breakfast tea, which is a blend of black teas.
  • The tea is steeped in hot water (not for too long to prevent it from getting bitter), then cooled down.

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Ingredient Notes

Iced Lavender Black Tea ingredients measured in cups and labeled on a table.
  • Black tea
    Any black tea can be used, such as English Breakfast tea. The black tea is made with a tea bag but a tea sachet can also be used. Don’t use Earl Grey tea, which has a citrus flavor.
  • Dried lavender
    Be sure to use food-grade dried lavender flowers or buds.
  • Sugar
    This recipe uses regular white sugar, but you can use any sweetener you prefer.
  • Water
    Filtered water will make the best tasting iced tea.
  • Ice
    If possible, use filtered water to make ice.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Steps to make Iced Lavender Black Tea.
  1. Put tea bag, dried lavender, and hot water into a teapot.
    Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. 
  2. Cover and steep.
  3. Remove tea bag and lavender. Stir in sugar. Cool down tea in the refrigerator.
  4. Pour tea into a cup with ice.

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Recipe Notes

Use food-safe dried lavender.
The dried lavender you find at flower shops is full of pesticides and not meant for eating. Make sure to purchase food-safe dried lavender buds.

Don’t oversteep the tea.
Set a timer and brew the tea for no more than 5 minutes. The longer you steep black tea, the more astringent and bitter it’ll get.

Use tea bags, tea sachets, or loose tea.
Tea bags or sachets make for quick and easy cleanup but you can also use loose tea. Use 1 ½ teaspoons of black loose tea instead of a tea bag.

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Expert Tips

  • Using an electric kettle with a temperature setting is the best way to get an accurate temperature for making tea. Not all tea should be made using the same water temperature.
  • Iced lavender black tea can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • A little goes a long way with lavender. Using too much dried lavender can overpower your drink.
  • Make the drink decadent by topping it with lavender cold foam.

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Questions You May Have

What tea pairs well with lavender?

Lavender and black tea pair together beautifully. The lavender adds a nice floral flavor to the bold black tea.

Does iced lavender black tea have caffeine?

Yes! Because it contains black tea, this drink has caffeine.

Can I add milk to this drink?

Yes, you can add milk to make this an iced tea latte.

Iced Lavender Black Tea in a glass.

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Lavender Iced Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Cool off on a hot day with a glass of iced black tea flavored with lavender. All you need is 5 ingredients to make the refreshing drink at home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Steep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put tea bag, dried lavender, and hot water into a teapot.
    Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Set water temperature to 195°F.
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes.
    Steeping for longer will make the tea bitter.
  • Discard tea bag and strain out lavender. Stir in sugar until it dissolves.
    To strain out the lavender, pour hot tea from the teapot into a cup, using a mesh strainer. Pour hot tea back into the teapot.
    Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool.
  • Pour cooled down tea into a cup with ice.

NOTES

  • Any black tea can be used, such as English Breakfast tea. The black tea is made with a tea bag but a tea sachet can also be used. Don’t use Earl Grey tea, which has a citrus flavor.
  • Use only food-safe dried lavender. The dried lavender you find at flower shops is full of pesticides and not meant for eating. Make sure to purchase food-safe dried lavender buds.
  • Don’t oversteep the tea. Set a timer and brew the tea for no more than 5 minutes. The longer you steep black tea, the more astringent and bitter it’ll get.
  • Tea bags or sachets make for quick and easy cleanup but you can also use loose tea. Use 1 ½ teaspoons of black loose tea instead of a tea bag.
  • Using an electric kettle with a temperature setting is the best way to get an accurate temperature for making tea. Not all tea should be made using the same water temperature.
  • Iced lavender black tea can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • A little goes a long way with lavender. Using too much dried lavender can overpower your drink.
  • Make the drink decadent by topping it with lavender cold foam.

NUTRITION

Calories: 95 | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 0.5mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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