Monday, 15 July 2013

Lemon Iced Tea

Well it has been a little while since my last post, but this b-e-a-youuuu-tiful weather that we have been enjoy has inspired me to write a little bit about this weekend's happenings.

After a hellish journey from London to Southampton on Saturday morning (we stupidly cherished a little bit of a lie in, instead of beating all the revellers on their way to Bournemouth), we got down there about lunchtime.

Firing up the BBQ right away, we needed the perfect accompaniments in the form of some refreshing beverages - what better than some iced tea on the hottest day of the year? Now I love a cup of tea at the best of times, but this summer alternative is just what you want after a 3hr car journey in 30 degrees and no air con..

Here's how to do it...
  • Ice - lots
  • Black teabags - you can use whatever kind you like. We used English Breakfast, but I quite like it with Earl Grey for a bit more flavour.
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • A hot sunny day - optional
This is a super quick and even easier recipe, if you can call it that. First things first, you're gunna need a lot of ice - more than you think, trust me. If you haven't got enough, cheat and pop to the shops, if you have then pop the kettle on instead.

Whilst the kettle is boiling, grab yourself a big jug, the one you usually make Pimms in would be perfect! Add in a couple of tea bags depending on how strong you like it, and once the kettle is boiled, fill to almost the top but leaving about 10cm.

Extract your teabags, Stir in two big dessert spoons of sugar and squeeze in your whole lemon.

Now, fill with ice. The first bits will disappear in the boiling water, obviously. So keep adding until the jug is full. Pop in the fridge and then when you are ready for a glass, pop some more ice into a tumbler with a slice of lemon and pour over for a delicious and cooling treat!

If you were doing this for a picnic or had some friends around, you could use old jam jars for cups and add a sprig of mint. You could also experiment with adding orange or lime instead of lemon, I have even heard people use mango, watermelon or raspberry - yum. Topped off with a fancy straw, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser, if I do say so myself.

E x


  1. hey elizabeth - the photo in this post is beautiful, i've pinned it in pinterest! really good recipe as well - i like your blog. and thanks for the follow on twitter!
    katie x

    1. Thank you, Katie! I very much enjoyed yours too and definitely plan on whipping up your Spanish omlette sometime soon :-)