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Here we balance the mildly grassy flavor and slightly astringent mouthfeel of green tea with honey and lemon. Oversteeped green tea can be bitter, so don't brew it any longer than 3 minutes. And be sure to steep in simmering water: water that looks like it's steaming, with little bubbles, but not boiling.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2009


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Steep loose tea (or tea bags) and mint leaves in simmering (not boiling) water for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Strain the tea (or remove tea bags and mint leaves) and pour into a large pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and honey until the honey is dissolved. Add cold water. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Serve over ice with mint sprigs, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

about 1 cup
46 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 12.5g; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugars 11.8g; vitamin a iu 0.9IU; vitamin c 6mg; folate 3.3mcg; calcium 5.3mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 2.4mg; potassium 35.4mg; sodium 5.4mg.

1 other carbohydrate