I’m on a lemon kick right now, and I’m back today with another delicious lemony recipe that’s perfect for summer — a healthy and refreshing green tea lemonade.
This green tea lemonade is a great drink to enjoy when you want to cool down on a hot day. It’s also a good option for those who want to enjoy a little bit of caffeine before a workout or an afternoon pick-me-up but don’t want the jitters that can sometimes come with coffee.
Green tea is a great alternative to coffee. It has less caffeine, so it doesn’t leave you feeling shaky or twitchy like coffee sometimes can. It also comes with a ton of health benefits, including the following:
- Rich in polyphenols, which help to reduce inflammation and reduce cancer risk
- Increase energy and improve brain function
- Protect the brain and reduce Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease risk
Now, I’m not knocking coffee — it’s also rich in polyphenols and offers plenty of health benefits. Coffee’s not for everyone, though. This green tea lemonade is a good option for those who fall into this group, and it’s super easy to throw together. Let’s get into the recipe!
- 1 cup brewed green tea, steeped for 3-5 minutes (I really like this tea and this tea)
- 1/4-1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (juice of one lemon)
- Optional: sweetener of choice (honey, stevia, sugar, monkfruit, etc. — I, personally, don’t use any sweetener when I make this, but go ahead and throw some in if you prefer your drinks to be sweeter)
- Start by brewing your green tea — submerge 1-2 green tea bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes
- Once your tea is brewed, fill a class with ice
- Add the lemon juice
- Pour your tea over the ice and add your sweetener* (if desired)
*If you’re using honey or another liquid as your sweetener, I recommend adding it to the hot tea before pouring it over ice. This will help the tea dissolve into your drink more easily.