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