A delightful bouquet of flavors.

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in glasses

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.

Here are more ice cold recipes made with tea you may like “Lemon, Mint and Orange Iced Tea“, “Watermelon, Mint and Lemon Infused Green Tea” and “Peach, Lemon and Iced Tea Agua Fresca“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea 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)

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

Here’s how to make it.

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).

Add the tea bags.

Brewing tea bags in large pitcher

The tea bags should start to diffuse fairly quickly.

Brew tea bags in large pitcher of water

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

Next,

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 the slices of citrus to the tea.

Honey Citrus Iced Tea in glasses

Then, on to the thyme.

Thyme bouquet on mason jar lid

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

Thyme bouquet in piping tip

…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.

Add Thyme to Citrus Iced Tea

Drop the thyme into the tea.

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in pitcher

Next,

Add honey to Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea

add the honey.

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

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in pitcher

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 and Thyme Iced Tea in glasses

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

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea in glasses

Then sit back and enjoy.

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More Refreshing Drinks You May Enjoy:

Brown Sugar and Mint Limeade

Cantaloupe Coconut and Strawberry Agua Fresca

Blueberry Limeade

Very Cherry Shirley Temple with Lime

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Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea

Honey Citrus and Thyme Iced Tea

A delightful bouquet of flavors.
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Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.