Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea
A delightful bouquet of flavors.
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.
In this recipe, the tea is cold brewed in the refrigerator.
Large mason jars are perfect for making tea.
I like to use a glass 1/2 gallon (2 quart) size because it fits in my fridge a lot better than the gallon size.
This tea is infused with fresh lemon, lime, orange and a hint of fresh thyme.
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 wear comfy fuzzy slippers.
Let’s check out the ingredients.
For the Tea – Black tea bags, cold water, orange, lemon, lime, thyme and honey
For the 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.
Here’s how to make it.
Add cold 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 put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
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).
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.
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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.