25 May 2020

Lemon Iced Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves (Vegan & Non-Alcoholic)

a cold refreshing drink with lemon tea and mint flavors to stay hydrated this summer




Summer season is here and it is the time to prepare some chilled beverages. Staying hydrated is the most important factor to keep going in this sweltering heat and maintain a good health. Our body tends to lose water at a faster pace due to excessive sweating. While water is the utmost important drink to quench thirst, one can try some other summery beverages that not only satisfy the thirst but also keep our body cool. Do check such type of refreshing summer beverages which I have already shared :

  1. Namkin Sattu Sharbat | Sattu ka Ghol | Savory Gram-flour Quencher , 
  2. Virgin Jamun Margarita | Virgin Black Plum Margarita , 
  3. Ragi Malt (salty version) , 
  4. Orange Lemonade with Basil Seeds (Non-alcoholic)  , 
  5. Lassi (Bael Lassi , Chocolate Lassi , Kiwi Pistachio Lassi | Kiwi Pistachio Yogurt Smoothie , Kesar Badam Lassi | Saffron-Almond Yogurt Drink (sugar free) , Salted Mint Lassi | Namkeen Lassi   
  6. Virgin Mojito Honito
  7. Virgin Green Appletini | Non-alcoholic Green Apple Martini , 
  8. Virgin Rooh Afza Sangria ,
  9. Virgin Lichi Mojito / Lichi Lemonade ,   
  10. Virgin Grilled Pineapple Mojito ,   
  11. Minty Pomegranate Spritzer ,
  12. Virgin Blueberry Lemonade ,
  13. Aam Panna / Raw Mango Drink (VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE)    



    Today is also another cold beverage here as Lemon Iced Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves. Lemon, the magical kitchen ingredient is used in this iced tea along with some freshly plucked mint leaves. Well, there are tons of different ways to make iced tea from using cold brew tea bags or loose tea leaves, setting it out in the sun for sun tea or pouring hot water over the tea bags etc. I always prefer using the hot water method because it is quick and efficient too 😉. If you like iced tea recipes, then here are some from this blog which one may make during this hot summer :


    Ingredients of this Lemon based iced tea :

    • Black tea powder - I have used regular tea powder here to make this iced tea. Some tea bags can be used instead.
    • Sugar - This is the sweetener here. I have used this to keep the beverage completely VEGAN. One can use some other sweetener like honey, maple syrup here. If using honey, then add along with lemon juice.
    • Lemon juice - I have added 2.5-3 tbsp here, that quantity is variable as per taste.
    • Mint leaf - This adds an amazing fresh flavor to the beverage.
    • Lemon slice - This is just for garnishing either put into the glass along with ice cubes or simply place in the edges of the serving glass.
    • Ice cube - This is added to make the iced tea more cold. And yes, do prefer to add ice cube just while serving, else it will reduce the tea flavor in the iced tea by the time when starts to melt.
    • Water - It is needed to make the tea. Always add little more as per the need, that means if preparing for 1 cup then take water 1.5 cup to make the iced tea.






    Preparation in details :


    Iced tea one can make in a variety of method. I mostly prepare using hot water method which is quite easy and quick too. First the water is boiled in a saucepan and kept aside. Then black tea powder and sugar are added and mixed well till sugar melts. The pan is covered and allowed to steep for 4-5 minutes. After that the freshly squeezed lemon juice is added and stirred well. The whole mixture is allowed to cool down completely and then strained to a pitcher which is stored in refrigerator to chill finally. Just at the time of serving, some mint leaves are put into the serving glass and muddled using a muddler or using a rolling pin first. Then few ice cubes are added and finally the chilled lemon tea is poured in the glass. The iced tea is served immediately then garnished with some lemon slices.

    The whole preparation is super simple and easy too. Only time taking is the chilling part in refrigerator. Any age group will surely enjoy this lemon iced tea to get refreshed in this scorching heat. I can have 2-3 glass of this iced tea in a day. One can also make this ahead and keep in refrigerator till the time of serving. So do make this chilled Lemon Iced Tea with fresh mint !


    The event related to this post :





    Monday is here again and thFoodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided the 248th theme as 'Lemon Love' which is suggested by Waagmi this time. Have you checked her space, she has the trick to get the perfect clicks always, I am in love with her recent post katori chaat. Check out ! Well, for the theme we all have to make any dish using lemon, as the summer is here so I have prepared this Lemon Iced Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves & contributed for the theme.



    Now let’s go through how to make "Lemon Iced Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves (Vegan)" at home 👇


    Video procedure of this "Lemon Iced Tea" :






    : Recipe Card :


    Lemon Iced Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves (Vegan)


    Lemon Iced Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves (Vegan)
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    Prep time: 5 MCook time: 5 MTotal time: 10 M
    a cold refreshing drink with lemon tea and mint flavors to stay hydrated this summer

    Ingredients:

    • Black tea powder 2 tsp
    • Sugar 1/3 cup
    • Lemon juice 2.5-3 tbsp
    • Mint leaf few
    • Lemon slice for garnishing
    • Ice cubes as needed
    • Water 3 cup

    Instructions:

    1. Heat water in a saucepan.
    2. When it comes to boil, turn off heat.
    3. Add black tea powder, sugar and mix well.
    4. Cover the pan and allow to steep for 4-5 minutes.
    5. Then add freshly squeezed lemon juice and stir well.
    6. Allow to cool down completely and then strain to a pitcher.
    7. Keep in refrigerator to chill.
    8. At the time of serving, take out the pitcher from the refrigerator.
    9. Choose any serving glass and put some mint leaves (3-4 no.) into the glass.
    10. Muddle using a muddler or using a rolling pin.
    11. Then put few ice cubes and pour the lemon tea in the glass.
    12. Garnish with some lemon slice and serve immediately !

    Notes:

    Instead of sugar, some other sweetener like honey, maple syrup can be opted. Black tea bags can be used here in place of black tea powder. Steep the tea for more or less time as per the strong lemon tea desired.
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    11 comments:

    1. Ah! The lemon iced tea looks utterly refreshing and delicious! A perfect thirst quencher for a hot summer day. :)

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    2. Lemon flavored iced tea with refreshing mint leaves sounds just perfect for the sweltering heat here in North India. Loved your pic with that pitcher.

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    3. Lemon Iced tea with mint is one of the most refreshing cold drinks that one can enjoy during the hot days. This becomes my standard drink during the hot season as I cannot have hot tea. However, I add honey instead of sugar and you're so right mint adds aroma and taste.

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    4. This lemon iced tea with fresh mint is so refreshing and cooling. A perfect summer drink to keep you hydrated and beat the heat.

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    5. Lemon iced tea looks so refreshing and delicious. I love chilled lemon tea. Adding mint definitely made it more aromatic. Perfect drink for this hot weather.

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    6. Wow , what a mesmerizing click Sasmita. Lemon iced tea looks very tempting wanna see pics again and again. I am not tea or coffee liking one, but your making me to taste some. Perfect recipe for summer and tea lovers will enjoy it.

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    7. This looks so refreshing and bursting with flavors from lemon and mint. I just want to grab that glass in this hot summer.

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    8. This looks so inviting and refreshing. Beautiful clicks as usual and perfect to enjoy during hot days.

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    9. So refreshing and beautifully captured Iced tea glasses.. cool and refreshing treat for hot summer days.

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    10. Beautifully clicked. I will be making lemon tea but now we will have it warm. This is our favorite go to beverage during the summer.

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    11. perfectly made and presented, Sasmita.. aapka beverage photography class abhi bhi baaki hain.. look forward to that session.

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