Our summer season here is waning and pumpkins, fall flowers, and even winter clothes (eeeek!) are starting to pop in the stores. But fall doesn’t officially start until Sept 22. That means we have a few days left to enjoy being able to go out without wearing layers and layers of clothes. Lately, we’ve been trying to enjoy the warm weather while sipping this refreshing home made lemon iced tea. Making iced tea from scratch is better because you can adjust the sweetness according to your taste.
My husband and I previously lived in Singapore and the most frequent food and drink that we ate there were charsiu pork with noodles and their iced lemon tea. That was my first time to taste an iced tea that was freshly made. Back then we always bought those commercially packed iced tea. As Singapore is also a big consumer of teas, they have a variety of iced and hot teas, but the version from their hawker centres (food court) was our favorite. When we went home to Manila, we craved and craved for the taste and we finally came up with this recipe. It is actually very simple to make – black tea bags, sugar, fresh lemon juice, and ice. In Manila where lemons can be quite expensive and not always available, I sometimes used calamansi concentrate and it tastes equally good!
Homemade Lemon Iced Tea
This homemade lemon iced tea is so refreshing as you can actually taste real tea and real lemon – not just sweetness. Definitely, a drink to cool the heat!
- 8 cups water
- 8 tea bags black tea
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 2-3 pieces lemons
Put 8 cups of water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Turn off heat and put in the black tea bags. Let it steep for 8 minutes. Leave for another 5 minutes if you wish to have a stronger tea flavor.
Remove the tea bags. Add in 1cup sugar and juice of 2 lemons. Stir until dissolved. Taste the mixture and add more sugar and lemon as desired. Chill in the fridge until cold. Serve with ice and lemon slices.