Kick off any gathering with a refreshing summer sip -- this colorful lemonade-stand upgrade is sure to hit the spot.

Everyday Food, June 2012


Recipe Summary

Makes about 8 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large pot, combine black tea, lemon and orange zest, and boiling water. Let steep 8 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Serve over ice with lemon and orange slices if desired.


Cook's Notes

Easy Entertaining
This drink can be refrigerated for up to 3 days -- add garnish and ice before serving. Try using canning jars in place of pitchers or glasses for a casual party.


Reviews (1)

19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Not sure why this recipe has such a low rating, so I figured I'd leave a comment. This is obviously a simple recipe, but its the one I use again and again for iced tea throughout the summer. The tea/water proportions work well, and the orange and lemon zest add a subtle but delicious flavor that works against the inherent bitterness of black tea. (Especially if you drink it without sweetener, as we do.) The only change I make to this recipe is in its preparation - I like to make 4 quarts total by boiling 2 quarts of water and steeping 12 tea bags + double the zest, and then pour over 2 quarts of cold ice water in a pitcher. That way I don't need to wait 2 hours for it to cool to room temperature.