Today, we are going to learn on how to make a delicious, Hong Kong style lemon tea that is also known as Iced Lemon Tea. Despite the fancy name, it is actually simpler than you image and only requires a couple of ingredients.
However, don’t be tricked about the simplicity as the taste is absolutely incredible. Also, keep in mind that the tea is served cold so if you are not feeling your best, do your best to avoid the temptation of drinking, at least for a day or two.
Tip: Play with different varieties of black tea to find your ultimate favorite. My personal favorite is Dianhong tea, which adds hints of cocoa and malt.
Hong Kong Style Tea Ingredients
– High quality black tea
– Two to three slices of fresh or if not possible, dried lemon
– Sugar or simple syrup
– Ice cubes
Preparing the Hong Kong Tea
– Start by heating the water until it reaches the boiling point. The traditional method uses a metal pot and boils water with tea leaves already inside. However, you can just add black tea leaves into the larger than medium cup and pour hot water. Try using a diffuser to avoid the mess.
Tip: It is important to make black tea slightly stronger than you would normally drink because the melting ice will otherwise make it too light and pretty watery.
– Remove the tea from diffuser and place your tea into a fridge.
– Take a Collins glass and add sugar to taste or preferably, simple syrup (can be made by mixing warm water with sugar beforehand). That way you will avoid sugar crystals on the bottom as it is not as easy to dilute sugar as it would when the water is hot.
– Add lemon slices, ices and if you want to be all fancy, a cocktail stick.
– Take the cold black tea from the fridge and fill up the glass.
– Traditionally, a cocktail stick is used to muddle the lemon before drinking, so you can achieve your preferred balance of sweet tea and sour lemon. A spoon will work just fine too.
– That’s it. Really. Sit back, relax, and take a sip. It is one of the best drinks that is not only easy to make but also tastes incredible.
Do you have a different take on Hong Kong Style Lemon Tea? Let us know in the comment section below.