This cold brewed honey, citrus and thyme iced tea is easy to make and refreshing to drink.

Honey Citrus Thyme Tea

The combination of flavors in this iced tea taste wonderful together.

The flavors include black tea, citrus fruits, fresh thyme and honey.

It’s easy to make and perfect for hot summer days.

About the Ingredients

The ingredients include cold water, black tea bags and honey.

Also, the tea is infused with fresh lemon, lime, orange and fresh thyme.

About the Container

The tea is made is a large Mason jar with a lid which works nicely for cold brewing and storing the tea in the refrigerator.

A glass 1/2-gallon (2-quart) size Mason jar should fit in the refrigerator and yields about 4 servings of iced tea.

About Serving

Inside of the serving glasses, in between the ice cubes, add sliced citrus fruit for garnish.

Serve chilled over ice and add a small thyme sprig to each glass for additional garnish.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea ingredients

Tea – Black tea bags, cold water, orange, lemon, lime, thyme and honey

Container – A thoroughly cleaned 1/2 gallon (2-quart mason jar with a lid, and food-safe string or a narrow cake decorating tip to hold the bouquet of thyme in place)


A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

For the Water and Black Tea:

Tea bags in large jar of water

Add cold water to the jar and fill it about 3/4’s full (leaving room for the slices of citrus).

To the jar, add the tea bags.

Brewed Tea in Jar

The tea bags should start to diffuse fairly quickly.

Brewed Tea in Jar

Completely immerse the tea bags in the water.

Tea bags brewing in large pitcher

I like to use 7 tea bags to speed up the diffusion a bit.

Tea bags in large pitcher of water

For the Citrus:

Sliced lemon orange and lime on board

slice the orange, lemon and lime…some slices for the tea and some for garnish.

Honey Citrus Tea in large pitcher

Add slices of citrus inside of the container with the tea.

Honey Citrus Iced Tea in glasses

For the Thyme:

Thyme bouquet on mason jar lid

With food-safe string, tie the sprigs of thyme together…or,

Thyme bouquet in piping tip

…use a narrow cake decorating tip; put the sprigs of thyme in the widest part of the tip.

Pull the thyme through the narrow part of the tip until the sprigs are tightly secured.

Add Thyme to Citrus Iced Tea

Drop the thyme into the tea.

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in pitcher

For the Honey:

Add honey to Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea

To the tea, add the honey.

For Cold Brewing in the Refrigerator:

Cap with the lid and put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in pitcher

For Serving:

Remove and discard the tea bags, thyme and citrus slices from the jar (use a large, slotted spoon or tongs to remove the thyme and citrus slices).

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in glasses

Serve the tea over ice.

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in glasses

Garnish with slices of orange, lemon or lime, and sprigs of thyme.

Honey Citrus Thyme Tea

Store the tea in a covered container in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days.

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in glasses

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Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea

This iced tea has a delightful bouquet of flavors.
5 from 2 votes


For the Container

  • A 1/2 gallon size (2 quarts) glass mason jar with a lid

For the Tea:

  • Cold water
  • 7 black tea bags
  • 1/2 orange sliced (including rind)
  • 1/2 lemon sliced (including rind)
  • 1/2 lime sliced (including rind)
  • 5 small springs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon honey or to taste

For the Garnish:

  • Slices of orange, lemon and lime
  • Sprigs of thyme


For the Tea:

  • Fill a thoroughly cleaned jar 3/4 full of water. Add slices of orange, lemon and lime to the jar. 
  • Tie the thyme together with food-safe string, or put the thyme in a narrow cake decorating tip, and add to the jar. 
  • Add the honey, stir and cap with the lid. 
  • Put in the refrigerator for 2 hours. 
  • Remove and discard the tea bags from the jar. With a long slotted spoon or tongs, remove the slices of citrus and thyme. Stir and serve over ice. 

For the Garnish:

  • To the serving glasses, add slices of orange, lemon and lime, and small sprigs of thyme.
  • Store remaining tea in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days before serving.

This recipe was originally posted on October 30, 2016.

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