Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea Recipe
Photo: Maura McEvoy


Makes 8 servings (serving size: 8 ounces)

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calcium 1 mg
Calories 127
Caloriesfromfat 0 %
Carbohydrate 33 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Fat 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Iron 0 mg
Protein 0 mg
Satfat 0 g
Sodium 5 mg


2 large lemons
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
6 black tea bags
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice


Using a vegetable peeler, remove bright yellow peel from lemons. Combine lemon peel and sugar in a medium saucepan with 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Lower heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mint. Cool to room temperature; strain.

Steep the tea bags in 4 cups of boiling water, covered, for 5 minutes. Then remove tea bags. Stir in syrup, lemon juice, 4 cups cold water, and ice cubes. Serve in tall glasses filled with ice and a few mint leaves.

Susan Quick,

Real Simple

June 2000
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