This refreshing Thai Lemon Iced Tea is naturally sweetened with honey. It is perfect to serve on hot summer days or alongside homemade Thai food.
You all know my love for Thai food. And nothing is better to serve alongside a spicy Thai food dinner, than a glass of ice cold Thai tea. You probably know the milk tea version from your favorite local Thai restaurant or from my healthier, vegan version.
Another great way to enjoy Thai tea is as an iced lemon tea. You may see the pictures and wonder why I am talking about lemon when I clearly used lime in the photos. Well, during our travels I have noticed that the line between lemons and limes gets blurry outside of North America.
Whenever I’ve had this refreshing beverage in Thailand, whether in a cozy café or from a street cart, it was called lemon tea. However, it was always made with Thai limes which are more or less like key limes.
Big yellow lemons are actually hard to find in Thailand and usually only in the expensive import section of the grocery store. So to make this Thai iced tea most authentic, use key limes. But if you only have yellow lemons, they’ll make a great tasting iced tea as well.
If you are anything like me, you may have been wondering how to make iced tea healthier. As with pretty much all Thai beverages, this lemon tea is usually sweetened with a load of refined sugar. I tried to make it healthier by using local, raw honey instead and only just enough to take the tart edge off the lime juice.
While I used Number One Brand mix in this Thai iced tea recipe, I am not too happy with the fact that the ingredients include artificial coloring (that nice orange you see). I have since found an organic Thai Tea mix from Arbor Teas which doesn’t use any artificial colors or flavors. Yay!
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- 1 teaspoon (2 g) Thai tea mix
- 1 cup just boiled water
- 2-3 teaspoons key lime juice
- 1-2 teaspoons local, raw honey
- ice cubes
- sliced lime for garnish
- Steep the Thai tea mix in just boiled water for a few minutes (3-5). Use a tea ball for easy removal of the loose leaf tea (traditionally a tea sock is used).
- Stir in lime juice and honey. Taste and adjust to personal preference.
- Pour the Thai lemon tea into a tall glass filled with ice. Serve garnished with sliced lime.
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