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Lemon iced tea in a glass with mint.

Lemon Iced Tea

  • Author: Laurel Perry
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Lemon Iced Tea is a sweet and refreshing summer drink! Sweet black tea and bright lemon are a perfect match. A secret ingredient makes this tea extra smooth.


Units Scale
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 8 tea black tea bags
  • 1/21 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups cold water


Bring your water to a full boil. Remove from the heat and let it sit for 15 seconds until the bubbles subside.

Add your teabags to a heat safe pitcher and pour in the water. Let steep for 5 minutes, remove and discard the tea bags.

Stir in the sugar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Add in the cold water and a few handfuls ice to quickly chill the tea. Pour over ice and enjoy!


Tea: Use 8 tea bags or 8 teaspoons loose leaf tea. Darjeeling, Assam, or English Breakfast are nice. 

Storage: remove any sliced lemons and store in the fridge for up to 7 days. The lemons will make the tea bitter if they sit in it for an extended amount of time.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 55
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 83mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0g

Keywords: black tea, fresh lemon juice, sugar, baking soda, easy, vegan, gluten free, spring, summer