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Lemon ginger iced tea is a refreshing summer drink. This not only helps to beat the summer heat but also acts as a detox drink.
Lemon Iced Tea or Lemon Ginger Iced Tea is a great reliever for all tea lovers in summers. In hot and humid summers we crave cold beverages than hot drinks like tea or coffee. But this lemon ginger tea is my any-time favorite.
Lemon Ginger Iced Tea
Lemon ginger iced tea is a basic iced tea. You can make flavored iced tea using different fruit pulp and syrup in your tea. Read my mango iced tea recipe here.
Such drinks are lifesavers in hot summers. This is the most refreshingly sweet and tangy drink to cool down our body and beat the heat of summers. I love simple lemon iced tea and flavored iced teas.
For sweetness you can prepare simple syrup using sugar or with honey. If you are planning to make this iced tea or any flavoured iced tea or mojito, you will love to make this in large quantity. Cool and refrigerate for future use. Similarly, you can use flavoured tea bags or green tea bags to make iced tea drinks.
However, if you are using honey for sweetener, then it’s one step easier. Just add honey when the tea is still warm. This is super easy to make and with a divine taste. More than anything it’s healthiest as well. If you are vegan, replace honey with maple syrup.
Read my other summer drinks
- Watermelon Mojito (Non-alcoholic)
- Mango Mojito (Non-alcoholic)
- Orange Lemonade
- Virgin Mojito (Non-alcoholic)
- Mango Milkshake
- Watermelon Juice
- Watermelon Agua Fresca
Such drinks are not only refreshing and cooling to soothe our senses in hot summers but also these are healthy ones (especially when you use honey for sweetness). All ingredients (ginger, lemon, honey, green tea) have different medicinal properties.
How to make lemon ginger iced tea?
This is a simple, quick, and healthy summer drink with minimal ingredients ( 4 Ingredients only).
Lemon – Lemon adds refreshing flavor to drinks. That’s why lemonades are popular soothing and cooling drinks. It also keeps the gut healthy and improves the digestive system. Also adding lemon to the green tea helps in the absorption of the nutrients of green tea. So lemon is essential even if you are making a cup of hot green tea.
Ginger – Ginger gives strong punch (spicy flavor) to the tea. I prefer adding fresh minced ginger to my all tea I make. It has also health benefits of adding ginger to your tea. Ginger helps building our immune system stronger and helps fighting flu and common cough cold. As a natural remedy honey with ginger is used to treat cough and cold.
Honey – Honey is the sweetener. This is a healthier alternative to classic sugar syrup made with refined sugar. If you are vegan, you may choose brown sugar or maple syrup for the iced tea. If you are not making for a healthier version of lemon ginger iced tea, you may add classic sugar syrup made with refined sugar.
Green Tea – Green tea is the main ingredient. You may choose regular black tea bags. But again green tea is a much better and healthier option. You can choose either tea leaves or tea bags to make your base green tea drink. Read more health benefits of green tea here.
Mint Leaves – Mint leaves also add cool soothing flavor to the drink. Mint has a distinct aroma and flavor which makes the drinks more cooling and soothing in summers.
Method of preparation
Step 1 :- Boil ginger in water (Ginger tea)
First, you need to grate ginger and boil it in 6 – 8 cups water for 2 – 3 minutes. If you don’t want a very strong ginger-y flavor, you may want to slice the ginger rather than grate/ mince them.
Step 2:- Cool ginger water to warm
Then turn off the heat and allow it to cool for some time.
Step 3:- Infuse green tea and lemon to the ginger tea
Now add tea bags and sweet syrup (honey or sugar syrup) while it’s still warm. Give the honey or syrup a quick nice stir to the warm water. Don’t add green tea or honey to the boiling water. Else it will lose its nutritional values.
After 2 – 3 minutes, remove tea bags. 2 – 3 minutes is enough for the green tea to get infused well. Strain out the ginger using a tea strainer. Now add lemon juice and cool it completely.
Just remember for 1 cup tea, 1/4 ( 4 -5 drops) lemon is enough. Otherwise, the sour lemony flavor will dominate the taste (which I don’t like in my iced tea). It has to be balanced. You may change the quantity of lemon juice depending on your taste.
Step 4:- Chill & Serve
Refrigerate for 4 hours and serve chilled with some more ice cubes, mint leaves, and lemon wedges. It’s such a refreshing drink and at the same time, it’s healthy too.
Recipe card for Lemon Ginger Iced Tea
Lemon Ginger Iced Tea
- 6 cups water
- 3 green tea bags
- 1/2 tsp ginger grated
- 4 tbsp honey/ maple syrup/ simple syrup
- 1 lemon (+1 for garnish)
- 8 – 10 mint leaves
- Heat water in a saucepan and bring it to boil.
- Add grated ginger and boil for 2 – 3 minutes.
- Turn off heat and allow it to cool slightly.
- Once this is little cool to warm, steep in the tea bags.
- Let it infuse for 2 – 3 minutes.
- Then remove the tea bags and add sweetener (syrup) and stir in lemon juice.
- Give it a nice stir and let it cool completely.
- Strain out grated ginger using a tea strainer.
- Refrigerate and cool it completely.
- Serve chilled with some ice cubes, lemon wedges and some mint leaves.
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