Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: Lemon-Thyme Iced Tea

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lemon-Thyme Iced Tea

Berry Basil Iced Tea has been my go-to drink this summer.  But after I made pesto, I thought I’d best let my basil recover a bit before making more tea.

So I peeked in the refrigerator and saw some lemons that needed to be used up and peeked out to the garden and saw the aggressively growing thyme.  I knew from last year that I loved the lemon & thyme combination, so I thought I try it as tea!  And while Berry Basil tea is still my favorite, this one is a close second!

Lemon-Thyme Iced Tea
An Amy’s Cooking Adventures Original Recipe

 1 quart (4 cups) water, boiling
Juice & zest from 1 lemon
Small handful thyme sprigs
2 tbsp honey
6 bags green tea
3 cups ice

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a non-reactive pot (non-stick or stainless steel).  Remove from heat and quickly stir in lemon juice & zest, thyme, honey, and green tea bags.  Steep for 5 minutes.

Place the ice cubes in a non-reactive (plastic or glass) pitcher.

Strain out the large solids by pouring the tea through a colander into a large bowl.   Then, strain out any remaining pulp by lining the colander with cheesecloth or a doubled paper towel and pouring the tea into the ice filled pitcher.  Serve in mason jars filled with ice on a hot day.

Makes about ½ gallon of tea, or 8 cups


  1. Amy this looks wonderful! I have fresh lemons in my frig and thyme in the garden! I've made natural sodas that are wonderful in the summer as well. Found you over at Whimsy Wednesday...following you now!

  2. Ooh, this and the berry basil both sound great! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

    1. I know you saw the feature already this morning but I wanted to let you know I pinned this too. Thanks so much for the recipe, it looks awesome!

  3. Surprise! Tag - I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! Click on the link for info and don't forget to pay it forward :). Keep up the great work!

  4. flavourful deliciously done
    Amy I am following your tweets @torviewtor :)

  5. I never would have thought to combine lemon and thyme together as a tea. It sounds like a perfect refreshing drink for summer. I love that it has green tea in it too, but I don't have any at the moment. I think I'll try it with my mint green tea bags or my jasmine green tea bags. It could be an interesting spin on flavours

  6. YUM! I've been drinking Basil Lemonade but I too made pesto so it's time to move on to another herb. I'll try your recipe next.

  7. found you through freedom fridays... This looks like a wonderful drink to try and I would love if you shared it on our Linky Party...
    Your newest cyber stalker... through all avenues... although I am still learning twitter and google plus.

  8. Yummy! I am going to pin this, might have to try my hand at it for one of our Thirsty Thursdays!

    Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

  9. Yummy! I am going to pin this, and might try my hand at it for one of our Thirsty Thursdays!

    Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

  10. I love this flavor combo. I am pinning this:) Your picture makes me thirsty right now, Lol
    Thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays!

  11. I saw this recipe in on of the link up parties and had to check it out. I am sure it's delicious, just take a look on these ingredients. Will make one today. Thanks!

  12. I just planted some thyme in my herb garden a couple of weeks ago - can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing it - found it on the Super Sat. link up.


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