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Lemon Iced Tea

Real Simple JUNE 2000

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings (serving size: 8 ounces)


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 1mg
  • Calories: 127
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Iron: 0mg
  • Protein: 0mg
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 5mg

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