Quick & Easy Lemon Iced tea

August 27, 2013

Today's is a quick post. I have just returned home from Paris where there is a worrying lack of tea on offer, and the tea they do have is, to put it pleasantly, a little suspect. My recommendation is not to bother with tea when in Paris, or when in France for that matter. I give you this warning because 'thé au lait' is not the harmless and familiar drink that the direct translation might lead you to believe, but instead a cup full of frothy milky water which is accompanied by a teabag. This teabag, when added to the liquid, will do nothing but float about soggy and helpless and instead of transforming into the tea we all know and love, will leave you with a grey-ish cup of liquid, that is nothing short of a disappointment. What they can make though, is good iced tea, and today, sitting in the garden and reading my book, it's just what I needed. 

Yesterday I was at a café, having just returned to England, and I ordered the aforementioned drink, and what arrived on our table was this.
I had never seen this brand before. And it then occurred to me that it would be pretty simple to make... and, unsurprisingly, it turns out it was.

Several teabags
The juice of a lemon, and several slices
The juice of an orange
Mint sprigs
Sugar to sweeten, as desired
Ice cubes

Simply boil the kettle and, as if making a normal cup of tea, fill up the teapot with several teabags. Add a few sprigs of mint and leave to brew for 5mins.
Next, pour into a bowl or jug and add sugar, if desired. Add the juice of a lemon and leave to cool.Once cool, add some ice, and there you have it!
You can use many different combinations, from adding a little orange juice for less of an authentic tea flavour, to using chopped up fruits, flavoured teabags, or a little lime.

Now I'm off to enjoy mine, whilst reading all about Mary Seacole's adventures.


  1. I wish it was still hot and sunny, and I could enjoy more iced tea. It's never enough time in summer :-)

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