Nestea™ or Lipton® Ice Tea are very refreshing commercial ready-to-drink cold iced tea beverages that are quite popular in many countries. But, have you ever noticed the amount of sugar and chemical elements they contain? Do you think these drinks are worth drinking when they are so bad for your health? I don’t think so. But this does not mean that you can’t enjoy drinking a good iced tea. And that is why I bring you this recipe of a much more natural and healthy version of this drink in which I get close to the flavor of these commercial drinks.
This recipe is very refreshing, since it is served cold, and it is also very beneficial for health due to the properties that black tea and lemon provide. In order to achieve a flavor similar to that of Nestea or Lipton Ice Tea I use a little of sugar or honey as a sweetener, which in turn helps reduce the acidity of the lemon. However, you are free to prepate the recipe without it.
But without a doubt what makes this recipe so special is that it is very easy to prepare and requires very little preparation time. In addition, it is a good substitute for energy drinks that you can take with you on any excursion or drink after doing any type of exercise. And it easily keeps for at least 1 month in the fridge before it loses its properties.
Details of this homemade Nestea™ or Lipton® Ice Tea style lemon iced tea drink recipe.
Homemade Nestea™ Lemon Iced Tea
A natural and healthy version of the Nestea or Lipton lemon iced tea with no chemical elements but just as refreshing. And no sugar added.
First, wash the lemon and cut it in half. Then, squeeze one of the lemon halves into a glass and cut the other half into slices.
Boil 1 liter of water in a pot on the stove with high heat and the lid on.
When the water starts boiling turn off the heat. Now that the water is hot it is time to add all the ingredients: pour the black tea or soak the tea bags, pour the lemon juice, add the lemon slices, add the sugar or honey, and slowly stir for a minute.
Cover the pot and let the beverage rest for 8 – 10 minutes.
After that time, the iced tea has already gained its characteristic flavor and it is ready but still warm. So you have to either strain the tea and let the drink chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour (then it will be ready to serve) or let it rest in the pot with the lid on for at least 4 hours.
It is recommended to leave the drink chill for several hours after is has just been prepared. This way, all the ingredients release their full flavor potential. For example, you can prepare this recipe at night and let it rest until the next morning. After 8 hours, the lemon iced tea will be ready. Then just strain the tea and serve it at room temperature or, preferably, store it in the fridge to cool it down.