Lemon Ice Tea Recipe – For When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you lemons, what can you do? Anything you want! But with the scorching summer days still rolling in here and there, you can’t beat a fresh cold drink that’s not fizzy and not alcoholic. My sister has recently shown me a recipe she’s been using for lemon ice tea and I wanted to share that with you too! It’s inspired by Erren’s Kitchen.

It’s a tasty and quick recipe to make, perfect for summer barbeques or as a beverage to have with a good book. You can of course make variations of this tea if you don’t fancy or like lemon, you could even try peach! But if you’re craving a bulk load of home-made Liptons, then this is the recipe for you.

After you’ve gathered the above, you’re well on the way to make your own lemon ice tea.


  1. Cut fresh 6 lemons in half and use a lemon squeezer to remove as much juice as possible. Use some elbow grease to squeeze the excess with your hands. 1 lemon can be cut up into slices to add to the finished drink when it’s ready.

2. In a saucepan, pour in the sugar and baking soda. Add 1 litre of boiling water (easily measured with a jug!). Mix until it’s all dissolved and the mixture is relatively clear.

3. Add the 10 tea bags and let it steep/brew for just 10 minutes.

4. After the 10 minutes are up, squeeze the tea bags and remove them. Use a tea strainer to pour the lemon juice you squeezed earlier. This will get rid of any seeds and pulp you don’t want floating in your drink.

5. Add the lemon juice to the water/sugar/baking soda mix and add an additional 1 litre of cold water.

6. Decanter the mix into jars big enough to hold 2 litres of the lemon ice tea. These will need to sit in the fridge for a few hours to cool.

7. Serve up!

TIP: With the leftover squeezed lemons, add some hot water to them and microwave them. The fragrance will fill a room and leave it smelling fresh. Alternatively, you can dry them too for something like pot pourri.

So there we have the recipe for some delicious lemon ice tea! I’d love to hear if you try this recipe and what you think of it, it would even make for a nice gift or if you don’t want to turn up empty-handed to a gathering. This drink is also a great pick-me-up if you’re feeling a bit rough and dehydrated.

Remember to grab life by the lemons. Until next time,

Emily x


  1. Millie
    August 26, 2019 / 9:02 am

    Aw my mum LOVES lemon ice tea so I’m gonna share this with her! I love the photos and vibe of this post!

    • emilygabriellax
      August 26, 2019 / 9:08 am

      Aw thank you Millie! If she tries it I hope she likes it 😊x

  2. August 26, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    This is such an easy recipe for a refreshing drink! Definitely something I’d enjoy sipping with a good book in hand! πŸ™‚ I also LOVE the tips for how to use the squeezed lemons. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • emilygabriellax
      August 26, 2019 / 8:48 pm

      Such a lovely comment thank you!😊

  3. August 26, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    This looks good I recently got a squash this flavour and it is sooo good!

    • emilygabriellax
      August 26, 2019 / 9:11 pm

      Can’t be beaten in this heat!!

  4. August 27, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    oo yum, this recipe is so simple but I bet it tastes so refreshing. I never thought of adding tea bags to the mix, that is very interesting! Will have to try this some time πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing girly xx

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  5. August 28, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    This drink sounds so refreshing! Love the tip about leftover lemons as well, that would make the house smell so nice! Great post lovely x

    • emilygabriellax
      August 28, 2019 / 6:21 pm

      Thank you Shannen!😊xx

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