Lemon and Rosemary Sweet Iced Tea

Ahhh spring is definitely here… I was even able to bust out my flip flops over this past weekend 😀  To me, warmer weather means making a LOT of sweet tea.  It’s my addiction.  Seriously.  I can’t get enough of it.  I love to add different flavors to my tea, and this one is one of my favorite flavor combinations… lemon and rosemary sweet iced tea!

The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup.  Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!Some of you are probably out there thinking, “okay, I’m good with the lemon… but rosemary?  Are you crazy?!”.  I know, I know… rosemary isn’t exactly common in a sweet drink… but ohhhhh it’s so good.  It provides just a hint of flavor and accentuates the lemon in the tea.

This isn’t so much of a recipe as it is a method, because really, you can use this same method to add any flavor to your tea that you’d like!

What you’ll be doing is making a simple syrup (using equal parts of sugar and water) and then infusing the syrup with lemon peel and rosemary sprigs.  I love to use a simple syrup when making sweet iced tea, because it ensures that there aren’t any undissolved sugar particles floating around… I don’t want to take a sip and be drinking gritty tea (gross man!).

The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup.  Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!Start by slicing off some sections of the lemon peel.  I’m sure you’re all not as accident prone as I am in the kitchen (because really, I’m terrible!), but just in case, be careful here you guys!  Now add 1 1/2 cups of water to a small saucepan, and pour in 1 1/2 cups of sugar.  Stir to combine and bring to a boil.  Add in your lemon peel and rosemary sprigs and  continue to boil for a few minutes, until the sugar dissolves and the liquid is clear.  Carefully pour the syrup into a container to cool slightly.

Now you’ll be making your tea.  Just think of this as making a cup of hot tea, just on a larger scale 🙂

The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup.  Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!

These are the tea bags I like to use… they’re big, so you only need one, and they make a smooth tasting tea!

Don’t worry if you can’t find these or just prefer to use what you already have… just use about 5-6 regular tea bags 🙂

Place your tea bag(s) in the bottom of a large pitcher and pour about 6 cups of boiling water over the bag.  Let it steep for about 5 minutes or so (the longer it steeps, the stronger it will be).  Remove the tea bag, remembering not to squeeze the tea bag.  (squeezing the bag will make your tea have a bitter taste)

Pour your lemon and rosemary infused simple syrup through a strainer and into your tea, add about 2-3 cups of cold water to the container and stir to combine thoroughly.

The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup.  Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!

Add some ice cubes and Voila! sweet iced tea!

This tea is so refreshing!!  Serve up a big glass alongside some sweet and spicy sticky chicken fingers or some slow cooker honey balsamic bbq pulled pork 🙂

The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup.  Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!I think this tea is a perfect amount of sweetness, but if you’d like it sweeter, use more sugar (so maybe 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water), or use less for a less sweet tea 🙂  However you adjust the sugar, just remember to keep an equal ratio of sugar and water for your syrup.

The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup. Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!I like to garnish my tea with a lemon wedge and a sprig of rosemary, but that’s optional of course 🙂

The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup.  Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!This method would also work wonderfully for a rosemary (or even thyme) infused lemonade.  Just omit the lemon peel and use another sprig of rosemary.

The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup.  Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!I sure hope you all try this tea… it’s like spring and summer in a glass!

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The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup.  Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!
The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup. Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!
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5 from 2 votes
Lemon and Rosemary Sweet Iced Tea
1 large pitcher
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
The classic sweet iced tea gets a refreshing twist from the addition of a lemon and rosemary simple syrup. Prepare to drink your new favorite tea!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Peel of one lemon
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 gallon size iced tea bag or 5-6 regular size tea bags
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 2-3 cups cold water
  • lemon wedges and fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish
Instructions
  1. Use a paring knife to slice the peel off a lemon, set aside with fresh rosemary sprigs.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add in lemon peel and rosemary sprigs and continue boiling for a few minutes, until mixture is clear.
  3. Pour syrup mixture into a container to cool slightly.
  4. Place tea bag in the bottom of a large pitcher and pour boiling water over the top. Let tea steep for 5 minutes, then remove tea bag (remember, don't squeeze!).
  5. Pour in cooled syrup mixture (through a strainer to catch the lemon peel and rosemary), add cold water and stir to combine thoroughly.
  6. Place pitcher in refrigerator to cool.
  7. Serve cold, over ice, and garnished with a sprig of rosemary and lemon wedge, if desired.

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43 comments on “Lemon and Rosemary Sweet Iced Tea”

  1. You’re right, I have never heard/seen of rosemary in iced tea, however this is your favourite combination (lemon and rosemary). I have tried lemon tea before, but this looks more flavoured than the any other version of iced tea. We will make it.

  2. Found you from Fiesta Friday (I think!). Interesting combination. Thanks for the tip about not squeezing the tea bags.

  3. Hi Amanda, just letting you know that I will be featuring your Rosemary Iced Tea at Best of the Weekend, tonight at 8pm. Hope you’ll come back to link up with us again!

  4. Iced tea is my addiction, too, except I just buy mine. At least 2 of those Fuze teas everyday for me. Shame, shame, I know. Especially now that I know how easy it is to make infused tea like this. Excellent idea with the rosemary, Amanda!

  5. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured this week on Full Plate Thursday.  Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  6. Great photos – how did you get the light so perfect?

  7. Woow! Wat lovelY fotographs. Really feel like taking a sip of that very refreshing tea. 🙂

  8. This looks and sounds super refreshing 🙂

  9. Oh great idea to spruce up my summer. Ty

  10. Oh, I love the idea of tea with rosemary! Thanks for linking up at best of the weekend!

  11. The lemon and rosemary sounds like such a wonderful combination! I usually don’t drink sweetened iced tea, but I can imagine a bit of sweetness would be perfect with the lemon 🙂

  12. This looks awesome! I’m not a big iced tea drinker (although I am intrigued) but I’m gonna have to use your simple syrup method for a punch recipe I’m developing!

  13. We live in Sweet Tea Country, so of course we are going to just love this tea. Thanks so much for sharing your Lemon and Rosemary Sweet Tea with us at Full Plate Thursday, and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Oh this looks lovely! I have to give it a go, I would never have though of adding rosemary but reading it, it makes so much sense! Delicious 🙂

  15. The perfect drink to toast this fabulous weather!

  16. Your pictures make me pine for a bit of warmth – we have the sunshine here in London, but it’s not warm enough for iced tea yet … The combination of flavours sounds divine!

    • Thank you so much Ginger!! Hopefully it will warm up for you soon 😀 It’s warm here, but we still have our chilly days. I love this flavor combo, and I hope you love this tea!

  17. Hi Amanda, lovely tea! I do hope you’ll come over to Food on Friday: Lemons & Limes to bring this to the party! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  18. We would love this in my city! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

  19. This sounds delicious! I love Rosemary and Lemon together and in a sweet tea? Perfect for the warmer days ahead! Pinning and sharing 🙂

  20. Lemon and rosemary tea is a new combination of tea for me, but it sounds great! It looks absolutely refreshing!

  21. OMG these pics are gorg! My husband asked me to make him sweet tea last year- I dont remember what I did but it was NOT right…. lol…. he’ll be psyched that I have a real recipe now, definitely make this for him- he’ll be thanking you!!!! 🙂

    • Thank you SO much!! Drink pics were challenging for me… I can’t wait to come up with more recipes to photograph though 🙂 Ohhh my first try at sweet tea… oh girl… it was sooooo weak, and there were sugar granules floating around. Not the best. LOL. I hope you both LOVE this one 😀