Lemon iced tea

It seems that spring is finally here and with sunny days ahead I thought I’d practice a bit of iced tea making. I love tea either warm in the winter or cold and refreshing in the summer, I usually end up buying quite a few bottles of it! Making it at home has a number of benefits – not having to pay for a bottle every time you want it, the fresher brewed taste and a lower sugar/sweetener content.

While I don’t think you really need a recipe for this I do have a few tips on how I make iced tea, for this I’d use a jug that holds about 3-4 pints of water. The first step is to take four good quality teabags, black tea or green tea, hook them on to a fork using the paper tabs. Boil your kettle and pour the hot water over the tea bags with about 1 1/2 pints of water.

With the tea bags on the fork lift the bags in and out of the boiling hot water to encourage them to release their tea flavour. Do this for about 3-4 minutes to stop the tea from becoming too bitter and don’t strain the bags for the same reason.

Stir two tablespoons of sugar into the mix while the water is still hot to dissolve in the water, also at this point pour in the juice of one whole lemon. Top up the rest of the jug with fresh water and leave it to cool down a little at room temperature before putting it in the fridge. Serve over ice on a hopefully warm spring day!

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