Lemon Ginger Iced Tea

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It wouldn’t be summer without a cold, refreshing glass of lemon ginger iced tea. This recipe is made with fresh lemon and ginger for the most amazing flavor. Perfect for sipping on a hot day.

Are you a sweet tea drinker or an unsweet tea lover? Being from the north, I’m for unsweet tea 99% of the time, but I do like a refreshing, lemon sweet tea every now and then.

The very first time I had “sweet tea” in North Carolina, I could hardly choke down the sweetness. There are some that make their tea more like a combination of lemonade and tea, some prefer it sweet and syrup-like, and with or without lemon.

I was raised on a strict unsweetened, no lemon, plain iced tea, so you can imagine my surprise when I drank down that Arnold Palmer-like glass of “sweet tea” in North Carolina. However, I’ve come to really enjoy the lemon and just a bit of sweet.

lemon ginger iced tea in a pitcher and two glasses

About Lemon Ginger Iced Tea Recipe:

  • Flavor: This ginger cold tea recipe includes fresh lemon and ginger for a wonderfully fresh, delicious glass of tea. The ginger brings a fresh, thirst-quenching flavor that pairs beautifully with the zesty lemon. When you add a bit of sugar, it’s a match made in drink-heaven!
  • Method: You’ll need to boil water for the base of this iced tea recipe. You can do that in the microwave, in a tea kettle or on the stovetop. I usually make mine in the microwave.

Is iced ginger tea good for you?

Yes! Lemon has nutritional value to it itself, but ginger is great for digestive health and upset stomachs. Lemon ginger tea is high in vitamin C and can even reduce pain associated with inflammation and headaches. (source)

And if you use decaffeinated tea, this is a calming tea to drink before bedtime.

How to Make Ginger Lemon Tea

  • In a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup, microwave the 3 cups water and tea bags on high for about 3-4 minutes or until the water is nearly boiling. 
  • Add the sliced lemons and ginger. Let steep until the water returns to room temperature.  
lemons, ginger and tea bags in a bowl of hot water
  • Add ice to a pitcher. Pour the tea (through a strainer) into the pitcher. Stir in sugar.
pouring iced tea into a pitcher
  • Add fresh lemon slices to the tea pitcher if you’d like and then serve.

Storage Instructions

This drink keeps well for 2-3 days in the fridge. It’s refreshing and comforting.

No matter where you live – if it’s hot this summer, you will love a fresh, delicious glass of this Lemon Ginger Sweet Tea. Perfect for sipping outdoors, preferably in a chair where you can put your feet up, relax and enjoy the long days of summer. Cheers!

lemon ginger iced tea in a pitcher and two glasses
lemon ginger iced tea in a pitcher and two glasses

Lemon Ginger Sweet Tea

5 from 1 vote
It wouldn’t be summer without a cold, refreshing glass of sweet tea! This recipe is made with fresh lemon and ginger for the most amazing flavor. Perfect for sipping on a hot day!
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 5-7 black tea bags more or less depending on how strong you like your tea
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • 1 small 1″ piece of ginger-root peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar to taste
  • additional water
  • ice

Instructions
 

  • In a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup, microwave the 3 cups water and tea bags on high for about 3-4 minutes or until the water is nearly boiling. 
  • Slice the lemons and ginger and add to a large 2 quart pitcher. 
  • Pour the water and tea bags over the lemons and ginger and let steep, until water returns to room temperature. Remove tea bags.
  • Fill pitcher with water and stir in the sugar. Refrigerate until cold. Fill glasses with ice and pour tea into glasses. Garnish with additional lemon slices, if desired.

Notes

Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the drink making 8 servings, with 1 serving being 1 drink. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 101mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 18.9mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Calories 49
Keyword healthy drink, summer drink

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Ivory
5 years ago

5 stars
OMG, this looks amazing, must try it!

Amanda
2 months ago

I don’t think I would microwave the water with the tea bags in it, but using it to heat the water is a great solution for those without an electric kettle! This sounds delicious!