This Lemon Tea is:
- healthy and refreshing
- fruity and aromatic
- a great pick-me-up!
This Lemon Tea was inspired by a delicious Yuzu Tea I had in Japan. Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit, which tastes slightly bitter like grapefruit, but has the sweet blossomy aroma of a clementine. It is widely used in Japanese cuisine, for savoury dressings and sauces, as well as in desserts, or used in alcoholic drinks such as the yuzu sour.
Its uses in Japan also go beyond the kitchen: on the winter solstice, people traditionally bathe in hot water with whole yuzu fruits floating on it. This strongly aromatic yuzu bath is said to prevent you from catching colds, moisturise the skin and relax the mind and body.
Yuzu is also sometimes mixed with honey and hot water to make a drink called yuzucha, which means yuzu tea. However, yuzu is quite hard to get hold of outside Japanese, so I decided to make things easier and make a lemon tea instead!
Adding lemon to this tea creates a beautiful fresh fragrance, along with multiple health benefits. It's packed full of Vitamin C so it's great for fighting off those winter colds!
If you'd rather have a caffeine-free drink, I'd suggest using Rooibos tea, which tastes identical to black tea but is naturally caffeine free.
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Helpful tools to make this Lemon Tea:
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 black tea bag (or sub Rooibos tea for caffeine-free version)
- 600 ml (2 ½ cups) boiling water
- Agave syrup to taste, optional (or sub any other sweetener)
- Place the tea bag and lemon juice in a teapot
- Add boiling water and leave to steep for a few minutes
- Pour into mugs and sweeten to taste if desired
- Enjoy immediately!
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