Simple Middle Eastern Lemon Tea

Tea with lemon
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  • Total: 7 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
3 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lemon tea is perfect for cold mornings or chilly nights. Of course, it's also a soothing drink if you've come down with a cold. The secret of the flavor is in how the tea is made—you will notice there is no need to add lemon when serving. The lemon and peel are steeped along with the tea, infusing the drink with fragrant lemon flavor.

Any kind of plain tea can be used, but black tea is a traditional pairing with lemon. If you choose to use green tea or another variety, you may want to shorten the steep time or add the tea after the first few minutes of steeping to avoid any bitterness. While lovely on its own, you can add honey or sugar to taste and, if desired, milk or cream.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add the tea bags, lemon peel, and lemon juice to a tea pot.

  3. Add the boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.

  4. Remove the tea bags and strain. Serve hot.

Recipe Variations

  • You can also use loose leaf tea for this recipe. If using black tea, add 1 heaping tablespoon of loose leaf tea in place of the tea bags.
  • Add honey or sugar to taste, if desired.
  • Try adding vanilla sugar for a lovely sweet flavor.
  • For a creamier drink, add milk or cream to taste.
  • For iced lemon tea, let the mixture cool and then chill in the fridge. Serve over ice.