Ginger & Lemon Iced Tea is going to get you fired up and ready for summer. Made with a ginger simple syrup, you're going to want to keep a pitcher in your fridge at all times. It's gonna be awesome.
Lately just making myself something delicious to drink feels like a lovely little moment of self-care. Usually I just drink a cup or two of tea in the morning (then maybe one before bed because I'm practically British now), then nothing but water throughout the day. Don't get me wrong, we all need to be drinking more water. I'm also immensely grateful that I have virtually unlimited access to cold, filtered, clean drinking water. I understand that this is a privilege.
But taking the time to make yourself something a little extra, then sitting down to sip and savour it feels special. It's not just keeping your body hydrated. It's a simple pleasure that we maybe take for granted in this world of ten thousand bottled drinks. A pitcher of iced tea can feel like a gift. I'm giving that gift to myself.
What makes Ginger & Lemon Iced Tea so awesome?
This Ginger & Lemon Iced Tea has a hint of fiery bite, a punch of tart brightness, and a sparkly sweet tea base. On a hot afternoon, I could down this whole pitcher by myself if I had enough ice. Trust me, you're gonna want a tall glass.
It's perfect for a garden party, a baby shower, or a backyard barbecue, but you don't need to wait for an event to make this. If you wanted to, you could even add some vodka or gin to make it a whole different kind of party. How you enjoy it is totally up to you.
Magical Properties of Black Tea
We've talked about ginger and lemon before, but we've never discussed the magic of tea. Many witches and people in general think of tea as any hot drink infused with dried botanicals, but tea is actually a plant with its own unique energy. What we think of as "making tea" with other herbs is technically an infusion. We can still call it tea, though. It's fine.
Black tea carries feminine earth energy. We know it can give you a boost of focus and energy from the caffeine, but it also brings strength and stability. Black tea can help you call in courage and expell negative energy. (Source: iolitewitchcraft)
Tips for making Ginger & Lemon Iced Tea
To make this iced tea, we start by making ginger simple syrup. Dissolve equal parts sugar and water and add chopped ginger root to infuse as it heats up. The longer you leave the ginger sitting in the syrup before straining, the stronger it will be.
Beyond that, we're just making tea and letting it cool a bit before mixing it with lemon juice, ginger syrup, and soda water. I use bottled lemon juice here with zero shame. Yes, fresh lemon juice is nicer, but I'm a busy witch, and I don't have time to squeeze two thirds cup worth of lemons. Do what feels right to you. If you prefer this still rather than bubbly, just swap out the soda water for regular water. Adjust the level of ginger syrup to your desired sweetness.
Go ahead and make something a little bit fancy just for you. You deserve a glass of Ginger & Lemon Iced Tea all to yourself. You're that awesome.Print
Ginger & Lemon Iced Tea
Ginger & Lemon Iced Tea is going to get you fired up and ready for summer. Made with a ginger simple syrup, you're going to want to keep a pitcher in your fridge at all times.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Mixed
- Cuisine: American
- 3 cups water, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
- 2 black tea bags
- ⅔ cup lemon juice
- 1 cup soda water
- In a small sauce pan, stir together one cup of water and the sugar. Add in the sliced ginger and place the pan over a low heat. Stir gently and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Your other two cups of water are going to come from a recently boiled kettle. Guys, we're just making tea. I put my boiled water into a large measuring cup with the two tea bags and steep it for about two minutes. Don't leave it too long or your tea will be bitter. You know how you like it. Remove the tea bags and set aside to cool.
- Once the hot stuff is no longer scorching, we can begin to combine everything into one beautiful drink. In a large pitcher or whatever you'd like to serve it from, add 1 cup (or up to 1-⅓ cups depending on how sweet you like it) of your ginger syrup, making sure to strain out the ginger as you add it in. Combine that with your tea, lemon juice, and soda water. Put this in the fridge to get it nice and cold.
- Serve over ice.
Keywords: Ginger, Tea, Lemonade