Honey Citrus and Thyme Tea


You know how there are some things in the kitchen that get used all the time while other things just sort of sit in the cupboard until that one time when they’re needed?

My 2-quart mason jar is one of those things that I use all the time.  I love to make tea with it.

Large mason jars are perfect for making tea.

I like to use the 1/2 gallon (2 quart) size because it fits in my fridge a lot better than the gallon size.

This citrus infused tea comes with the subtle taste of thyme and a hint of sweet from honey.

It’s so light and refreshing.  And best if enjoyed with your feet up relaxing.

But if there’s no time for putting your feet up, hopefully you can at least be wearing comfy fuzzy slippers.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Black tea bags, water, orange, lemon, lime, thyme and honey.

Also a 1/2 gallon (2 quart mason jar with a lid, and food-safe string or a narrow cake decorating tip).

What on earth does a cake decorating tip have to do with tea anyway?

Here’s how to make it.


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

Add the tea bags.


The tea bags should start to diffuse fairly quickly.


Give the tea bags a jiggle to make sure they’re completely immersed in the water.


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




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


Add the slices of citrus to the tea.


Then, on to the thyme.


Tie the thyme together with food-safe string, or…


…use a narrow cake decorating tip; put the sprigs of thyme in the widest part of the tip and pull them through to the narrow part until the sprigs are tightly secured inside the decorating tip.


Drop the thyme into the tea.




add the honey.  Cap with the lid and let sit on the kitchen counter for about 2 hours.


Remove the tea bags, thyme and citrus slices from the jar, and….


…serve the tea over ice.


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


Store the remaining tea in the jar, capped in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days before serving.


Then sit back and enjoy.

More on refreshing drinks:

Brown Sugar and Mint Limeade

Cantaloupe Coconut and Strawberry Agua Fresca

Blueberry Limeade

Very Cherry Shirley Temple with Lime

Lemon Mint Sun Tea

Watermelon, Mint and Lemon Infused Green Tea

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 2 hours inactive time

Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes


1/2 gallon (2 quarts) mason jar with lid
7 black tea bags
1/2 orange, sliced (including rind) (for the tea)
1/2 lemon, sliced (including rind) (for the tea)
1/2 lime, sliced (including rind) (for the tea)
5 small springs fresh thyme (for the tea)
1 tablespoon honey (or to taste)
Slices of orange, lemon and lime (for garnish)
Sprigs of thyme (for garnish)


Fill a clean jar about 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. Let sit on the kitchen counter for about 2 hours. Remove 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. Store remaining tea in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days before serving.

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2 Responses to “Honey Citrus and Thyme Tea”

  1. CAROLE — November 3, 2016 @ 9:12 am (#

    I want to stop by for a glass - looks delicious! I'll wear my fuzzy slippers. :)


    • Nancy — November 21st, 2016 @ 2:41 pm

      Hi Carole, I’ll wear mine too!


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