Monday, June 21, 2010

Homemade Black Tea Lemonade

homemade black tea lemonade

Happy first day of summer, everyone! To celebrate, I’m bringing you a recipe for my favorite summer drink. I was first introduced to this delicious concoction through Starbucks - their black tea lemonade. It’s also known as an Arnold Palmer.

No matter what you call it, it’s delicious. I don’t know about you, but I find lemonade a little strong on it’s own. It’s yummy, of course, but not exactly thirst-quenching. This totally is. The tea mellows out the lemonade, it’s so perfect for these hot summer days.

I couldn’t find a recipe I liked, so I made up my own. It’s pretty easy, all your doing is making tea and lemonade and combining the two. I hope you enjoy!

Homemade Black Tea Lemonade

Tea:
4 large black tea bags (or 6ish regular sized tea bags)
6 cups of water

Lemonade:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice (from 4-6 lemons)


Bring 6 cups of water to boil, remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to steep for 10 minutes.

While the tea steeps, make your simple syrup: heat the water and sugar in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Meanwhile, juice your lemons.

Combine the lemon juice, simple syrup, and steeped tea in a pitcher. Stir! Refrigerate for about an hour.

If it’s too strong for you, just add some cold water!

Serve over ice, with stripey straws, if at all possible. :)

68 comments:

  1. yum! this drink is one of my favorites for summer. usually just pick it up from Trader Joes, but now i definitely want to try and make my own.

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  2. Are those the paper stripey straws? FUN!

    I'm going to give this a try. I hear ya about the lemonade thing - adding something else sounds perfect. I tried lavender lemonade at the Blanco Lavender Festival last weekend and it was so good, gonna give that a try too.

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  3. I looove Arnold Palmers. Lemonade is way too sweet for me, but Arnold Palmers are just right. I'm excited to test out this recipe.

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  4. Perfection!! Arnold Palmers are my favorite drink!!! xo

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  5. This looks so refreshing, I am an iced tea addict, so this is just perfection in my book!

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  6. I love an AP! I'm so glad you posted this. It's such a perfectly summery drink.

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  7. This sounds delicious, Hannah! And refreshing. Your photo is ever so cute.

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  8. yum - that is my sister's favorite drink

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  9. I adore Starbucks, but I never tried their black tea lemonade. It sounds very tasty, especially because I love tea :D

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  10. A delightful drink! Perfect during the summer!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. i'm so excited to try this- i just got another recipe for mint lemonade that i'm dying to try too!

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  12. I want to try that! And it's the dead of Winter here.

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  13. wow..it seems so refreshing.. I never had it at Starbucks.Here in Zürich at a local cafe I had something similar.It had a stick of lemon grass in it which made it very refreshing!

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  14. Must confess I've never made an Arnold Palmer at home, but I've had it out many times. Thanks for posting the recipe...perfect time of year to make these for company!

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  15. beautiful picture! the tea sounds so light and refreshing!

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  16. Arnold Palmer's are my favorite.. I can't wait to make this!

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  17. That sounds delish... If only I had warm enough weather to need a cold, refreshing glass full!
    :) Flick

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  18. I still wait for summer weather to come. In the mean time, I might try your black tea lemonade to enjoy a bit of summer!

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  19. Looks yummy - and of course I am in awe of your mad photography skillz.

    Aren't the stripey straws the best? I have red ones, and am thinking it's important I get a few more. :)

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  20. Great recipe and, as always, beautiful picture! I'm so in awe of your talent... you have a true and natural talent. Julia M

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  21. This is a great simple and delicious sounding recipe! Perfect for the heat of the Summer!

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  22. Love this too!

    We always make our own sweet tea (not too sweet though) and I picked up some organic lemonade (that wasn't too sweet either) and added some to the glass..
    I am TOTALLY addicted. I had always heard of Arnold Palmers but just always had my tea plain, well, this steps it up a notch!
    great pics!

    -Elizabeth

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  23. That Arnold Palmer really knew what he was doing! We went to Charleston last summer and drank peach iced tea mixed with lemonade for three days. Heaven! I really need to make my own now and your recipe looks wonderful.

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  24. This sounds absolutely delicious and refreshing. I never thought to make it myself! Bring on summer, could you? Seattle is immersed in rain. Aaack!

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  25. Sounds delicious, I love iced tea made properly and without sugar.

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  26. i love arnold palmers so much that i named my cat after the drink. he's called ap most of the time, unless he's in trouble, then it's the full name!

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  27. My favorite summer drink! So refreshing! I'm going to have to find some stripey straws.

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  28. This looks absolutely delicious! Diet Coke can't quench my thirst on 90+ degree days like today, so I am adding all of these ingredients to my grocery list. Yum!

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  29. Mmmm. I love these from Starbucks, as well as the minty green tea lemonades. I think lemon and mint work well together!

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  30. Love love the photos! And the recipe, must be a keeper!

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  31. This is probably one of my favorite summer drinks! It's also great if you add a little vodka and make it an adult beverage on those hot summer nights.

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  32. Had to comment on the cow post...I love them too. I am so happy to hear I am not the only one that has been thoroughly infatuated with them :)

    http://www.stephmodo.com/2009/10/for-love-of-cows.html

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  33. I LOVE the shaken black tea lemonade at Starbucks, so I'll definitely give this a try. You make this look absolutely beautiful, too. Love the photos!

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  34. I adore those straws! Where did you get them?

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  35. love your photos.
    In similar spirit, I just made summer "sun tea": http://www.ztastylife.com/2010/07/summer-sun-tea.html

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  36. please can you tell me where to find those bottles? patriciao82173@gmail.com

    lovely photo and sounds wonderfully refreshing!

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  37. yes! i did it
    http://amenlugo.blogspot.com/2011/10/al-almuerzo-de-hoy-2-recetas.html

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  38. Black tea and lemonade is one of my favorite drinks! Now I'm so excited that I can finally make it from scratch. This looks delicious.

    Lizzy
    www.thefarmgirleats.blogspot.com

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  39. In a large bowl, whisk together the ateş ve su buz devri brown sugar, melted butter, flour and salt. Add in the eggs, maple syrup This dish is really amazing to eat.As there has been mixed many awesome ingredients kafa topu so it should be delicious for everyone.I would like to make this dish and will eat with my family.

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