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Southern Lemon Iced Tea

What is more refreshing than a chilled glass of  southern lemon Iced tea?  Ummmm… Nothing! A fresh homemade version is easy and OH SO DELICIOUS!

Clear glass of southern lemon iced tea with lemons floating in it.

Why this recipe works:

  • EASY!
  • Full tea flavor because of hot brewing.
  • Fresh lemon juice gives a vibrant pop of flavor that you just can’t get with store-bought.

Here’s How You Do It

STEP 1. 
Heat the water to near boiling

A photo of boiling water

Boiling Hot Water

STEP 2. 

Add the tea and the sugar

Gallon size tea bag into the hot water

STEP 3. 

Let the tea sit till room temp.

Put the lid on to allow the tea to steep

STEP 4. 

Squeeze the juice from the lemons and cut the remainder into slices

two hands using a reamer to remove juice from lemon half

 

STEP 5. 

Add everything together in the pitcher. 

pitcher pouring tea into a glass pitcher with lemon slices in it

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why would you put baking soda in the Lemon Iced Tea?

Sometimes Iced Tea can taste a little bit bitter and baking soda neutralizes that bitterness! Everyone loves a smoother tea! 

Can I Use Green Tea instead of Black Tea?

Yes of course!  Experiment some with other flavored teas as well!

Does Lemon Iced Tea Spoil?

Yes! It does!  Keep refrigerated and it should be good for about 5 days. If left out on the counter, the tea will be good for about 2 days.

Is Lemon Iced Tea Good For You? 

Drinking more fluids is never bad for you, unless you have a heart or kidney situation. You’ll have to make the decision yourself, but tea and lemon have both been indicated in diets for good health.

Which Tea is Best for Lemon Iced Tea?

We prefer Luzianne Iced Tea Bags or Lipton Tea at our house, these are black teas. 

Can You Make ANY Tea Into Iced Tea?

That’s a yes and a no. You can, but should you? Black Teas and Green Teas are most commonly made into iced teas. 

view overhead of a glass of iced tea with lemons in background

TIPS & TRICKS for Perfect Southern Lemon Iced Tea

  • Make sure that your tea is completely cooled before transferring it to a pitcher. Hot liquid could shatter the pitcher and that would be awful
  • Some folks like a STRONG tea and others like a weaker tea, allow the tea bags to sit in the water longer for strong tea and less for weak tea.
  • Allowing the tea bags to sit in the hot water is called steeping. Be SURE to do this for long enough! That will get the most flavor for you!.

Sweetness…

  • For sweetness, make sure to make a simple syrup then you can simply pour as much in your drink as you like for sweetness.
  • If you just want to add sugar to your own drink, add sugar, stir and taste until it is to your liking. .
  • Tea waters down easily, add ice JUST to your own glass and not the whole pitcher.
  • Lemons become limp and ugly in short order, only add slices to the glasses you are drinking to keep your lemon fresh looking.This Fresh homemade iced tea recipe is simple and easy to make, the only difficult part is squeezing those lemons but, please use fresh juice, store bought just doesn’t do the trick!
  • Try with other citrus fruits like orange, lime or even tangerines and clementines!

PRO TIPS!

PRO TIP:  For excellent iced tea ICE, freeze some of the iced tea in ice cube trays and then use those in your tea! This keeps your tea from becoming watered down!

PRO TIP:  (affiliate link coming, takes you to amazon where you can compare prices, commission earned on purchase without any increase in cost to you). Don’t have an OXO Good Grips Wooden Reamer” like mine ? No problem! Squeeze the lemons over a kitchen strainer or even through your clean fingers to catch the seeds!

PRO TIP:  One lemon has about 2 Tablespoons of juice in it! 

glass, pitcher and two and a half lemons on wood table

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Clear glass of southern lemon iced tea with lemons floating in it.

Southern Lemon Iced Tea

The perfect summer drink with a pop of citrus!  You'll be SUPER refreshed! 
5 from 1 vote
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Course: beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Iced Tea, Iced Tea with Lemon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 15kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups of water
  • ¾ - 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tea bags black tea
  • 6 whole lemons Squeeze the juice from
  • 4 lemons sliced

Instructions

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer (bubbles just forming in the water) and immediately turn the heat off.
  • Add the sugar, baking soda to the hot water and mix well. Add the tea bags and then put the lid on the pan. Let sit until the water reaches room temperature.
  • Remove the tea bags and VERY gently squeeze each one.
  • Add the lemon juice to the pan and mix well.
  • Pour the tea concentrate from the sauce pan into the pitcher and then add enough cool clear water to fill the pitcher the rest of the way. This will equal about 12 Cups of water (plus or minus)
  • Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with the lemon slices in the glass of iced tea. 

Notes

 
  • Make sure that your tea is completely cooled before transferring it to a pitcher.  Hot liquid could shatter the pitcher and that would be awful!
  • Some folks like a STRONG tea and others like a weaker tea, allow the tea bags to sit in the water longer for strong tea and less for weak tea.
  • Allowing the tea bags to sit in the hot water is called steeping.  Be SURE to do this for long enough! That will get the most flavor for you!.
  • For sweetness, make sure to make a simple syrup then you can simply pour as much in your drink as you like for sweetness.
  • If you just want to add sugar to your own drink, add sugar, stir and taste until it is to your liking.  .
  • Tea waters down easily, add ice JUST to your own glass and not the whole pitcher.
  • Lemons become limp and ugly in short order, only add slices to the glasses you are drinking to keep your lemon fresh looking.
 
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  • Try with other citrus fruits like orange, lime or even tangerines and clementines!
  •  
PRO TIP:  For excellent iced tea ICE, freeze some of the iced tea in ice cube trays and then use those in your tea!  This keeps your tea from becoming watered down!
 
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Southern Lemon Iced Tea
Amount Per Serving
Calories 15
% Daily Value*
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 28.6mg35%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Isaiah 41:10 

…fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand 

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