Quick & Easy Lemon Iced Tea

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Sweet, brisk lemon iced tea that’s super refreshing. With just 5 ingredients, get the steps to make this quick and easy lemon iced tea recipe in less than 10 minutes!

Lemon iced tea

Lemon Iced Tea

Nothing quenches your thirst in the summer like lemon iced tea. Brisk, sweet, and refreshing, it really hits the spot on a hot day.

The secret to making this iced tea so quick and easy is ice. A lot of it.

  • Made with fresh lemons, giving it a brisk, bright taste.
  • Perfectly sweet and tart.
  • Recipe makes 8 cups of iced tea, perfect for a 2-quart pitcher.
  • So quick and easy using the ice chill method which makes iced tea in less than 10 minutes!
  • Made with tea sachets instead of loose tea for easy clean-up.

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Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, black tea used in this recipe contains caffeine so there’s caffeine in the drink.

What are the different ways to make iced tea?
There’s iced-chilled (the quickest way to make iced tea), hot brewed (making hot tea and cooling it down in the refrigerator), and cold brewed (brewed slowly in cold water in the refrigerator for 12 hours).

Why don’t you like using tea bags?
Tea bags contain the lowest quality tea so I like to use higher quality tea sachets.

What are iced tea pouches? 
Also called family-size tea bags, iced tea pouches are made for 1 or 2 quart pitchers (4 or 8 cups). The tea quality can range depending on the tea company but they usually contain 4-10 teaspoons of tea depending on the size of the pouch.

My iced tea is cloudy — how can I fix that?
If your iced tea has been in the refrigerator for less than 4 days and it’s turning cloudy, add some hot water and stir. 

Why is my iced tea cloudy?
When using a high temperature to brew tea, a lot of tannins are released and that’s what can make the iced tea cloudy. It’s perfectly fine to drink.

How long can I keep my iced tea in the refrigerator?
No more than 4 days.

Can I make lemon iced tea with green tea?
Yes! Black tea is what’s used for classic lemon iced tea but feel free to experiment with other types of tea.

Lemon Iced Tea Tips

  • Sugar can be adjusted to your liking. I’m using 1/4 cup of sugar which is 4 tablespoons. 
  • I’m using 3 lemons but if you have large lemons, use 2.
  • Don’t shake the pitcher with the lid on to dissolve the sugar in the hot tea. 
  • If you like a weaker tea, go with 8 tea bags or 4 tea sachets.

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Lemon iced tea ingredients

What You’ll Need

Lemon iced tea recipe

How to Make It

This is a 2 quart lemon iced tea recipe which makes 8 cups.

Use a 2 quart pitcher with a leakproof lid so you can shake the ice and hot tea together. If you don’t have a leakproof lid, you can just stir the ice instead of shaking it upside down.

You’re mixing together hot tea and ice, so make sure to use a pitcher that can handle drastic temperature changes.

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Juicing lemons for lemon iced tea

STEP 1: Juice 3 lemons.

Use a citrus juicer to make juicing the lemons easier. Make sure to strain out the pulp and seeds.

Set aside.

Steeping black tea sachets

STEP 2: Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer and turn off heat.

Use an electric kettle and set the water temperature to 180°F.  

Don’t use boiling hot water to brew the tea since that can lead to super cloudy tea. 

Use filtered water if possible for the best tasting iced tea.

STEP 3: Put tea sachets into pitcher and add hot water.

For a 2 quart pitcher, use 5 tea sachets.

Instead of sachets, you can use 1 family-size iced tea pouch or 10 tea bags.

STEP 4: Steep for 5 minutes then discard tea sachets.

Be careful not to brew it for more than 5 minutes since it can make your tea taste bitter.

Adding sugar to lemon iced tea

STEP 5: Stir sugar into the hot tea until completely dissolved.

If you don’t want to use refined sugar, go with honey, maple syrup, or even date syrup.

I don’t like to add raw sugar since that takes forever to dissolve.

Ice chilling black tea

STEP 6: Add ice to pitcher and close with leakproof lid. Shake for 15 seconds.

I like to close the lid and turn the entire pitcher upside down then right side up 15 times.

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Adding lemon juice to black tea

STEP 7: Add lemon juice and shake.

After pouring in the lemon juice, close the lid again and shake to fully incorporate the lemon juice with the iced tea.

How to make lemon iced tea

STEP 8: Pour tea into cups with ice lined with lemon slices.

Line the inside of the cups with 3 thin lemon slices then add the ice before pouring in the iced tea.

Lemon iced tea recipe

And done!

 
 
Quick & Easy Lemon Iced Tea

Quick & Easy Lemon Iced Tea

Yield: Makes 8 cups

Sweet, brisk lemon iced tea that’s super refreshing and easy to make.

Instructions

  1. Juice 3 lemons.
    Use a citrus juicer to make juicing the lemons easier. Make sure to strain out the pulp and seeds. Set aside.
  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer and turn off heat.
    I use my electric kettle and set the water temperature to 180°F. Use filtered water if possible for the best tasting iced tea.
  3. Put tea sachets into pitcher and add hot water.
  4. Steep for 5 minutes then discard tea sachets.
  5. Stir sugar into the hot tea until completely dissolved.
  6. Add ice to pitcher and close with leakproof lid. Shake for 15 seconds.
    I like to close the lid and turn the entire pitcher upside down then right side up 15 times.
  7. Add lemon juice and shake.
    After pouring in the lemon juice, I close the lid again and shake to fully incorporate the lemon juice with the iced tea.
  8. Pour tea into cups with ice lined with lemon slices.
    Line the inside of the cups with 3 thin lemon slices then add the ice before pouring in the iced tea.

Notes

Use a 2 quart pitcher with a leakproof lid so you can shake the ice and hot tea together. If you don't have a leakproof lid, you can just stir the ice instead of shaking it upside down.

We're mixing together hot tea and ice so make sure you're using a pitcher that can handle drastic temperature changes.

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