Ginger lemon iced tea

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Tuesday, 23 June 2009.
Tagged: anti-aging, antioxidants, dairy-free, drinks, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, healthy recipe, healthy recipes, tea

  • Ready In: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Serves: 6 cups
Ginger lemon iced tea

This recipe makes a refreshing summer drink without the high sugar content of fizzy drink or juice. It's fat-free and also gives you the benefits of tea's polyphenol antioxidants which can neutralize harmful free radicals, keep your skin looking younger and dampen the ageing effects of the sun on the skin.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons black leaf tea
  • 2cm piece of fresh ginger root, sliced thinly
  • about 2 cups (500mL) freshly boiled water
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon (2-3 tablepoons lemon juice)
  • ice cubes
  • FOR GARNISH
  • 3 or 4 lemon slices
  • fresh mint sprigs or leaves

Directions

1. Make up tea as usual and pour into a heatproof tall jug with the ginger to measure 2 cups (500ml).

2. Allow to infuse for 5 minutes until quite strong.

3. Remove ginger.

4. Add honey or sugar and stir well to dissolve. Leave to cool.

5. Pour into a tall jug and add lemon juice .

6. Fill with ice or cold water to make around 6 cups (1.5 litres).

7. To serve, pour into glasses and garnish with lemon slices and mint.

 

 

Variations

No tea leaves? You can use 4 tea bags to make up this iced tea.

Add extra cold water later if you prefer a weaker tea.

You can substitute sweetener for half or all of the honey. Work out how much to add from the directions on the pack.

Vary the flavour by using peach, apple or other fruit teas. Earl Grey and Orange Pekoe make an interesting change.

Information

ginger Read about ginger as one of my top super foods and its medicinal properties