I love this iced tea! It has all the goodness of green tea with a boost of citrus juice makes a perfect summer drink and it’s just so pretty, too.
You can vary up the citrus, depending on your taste. Use a variety or just one kind. Note that it is best to make this in small batches, as the citrus won’t keep indefinitely in the tea, without beginning to disintegrate. I make just enough for a day or two.
(If you like Iced Tea, I have a recipe for regular Iced Tea, as well).
Citrus Iced Tea
Summary: This is a staple in our household in the summer time. I love the addition of lime and orange. So pretty and great flavours.
- 8 bags of green tea
- 2 oranges
- 2 lemons
- 2 limes
- Sugar, to taste
- Bring 2 quarts (8 cups) of water to a boil in a large stainless steel pot. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove tea bags.
- Stir in sugar, to taste. I use about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of sugar to make a mildly sweet tea, but a lot depends on the strength of your tea. Experiment with quantities. It does need to be added to warm tea in order for the sugar to melt, though. If you end up with an under-sweetened tea, you can make a simple sugar syrup by heating 1 cup of water and adding 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir to dissolve and let come to room temperature. Add as needed to sweeten tea.
- Slice 1 orange, 1 lemon and 1 lime into thin rounds. Squeeze and strain the juice from the remaining orange, lemon and lime. Stir the citrus juices into the brewed tea. Pour the tea into a pitcher and stir in the orange, lemon and lime slices.
- Refrigerate the tea until chilled and serve over ice.
Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 5 min | Total time: 20 min
Number of servings (yield): 8