by Olena

Lime Iced Tea

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Lime Iced Tea is healthy iced tea with brewed tea, lime, lemon, club soda and a touch of maple syrup.

Lime Iced Tea in a pitcher with ice and slices of lime

Healthy Iced Tea

Healthy iced tea. For over a decade, I couldn’t believe that something as simple as brewed plain black tea was poisoned by hard to pronounce chemicals, artificial colour and various forms of highly processed sugar. Or that 16 oz could cost as much as $3.

I always thought there must be a secret that makes store-bought iced tea special. Nope, there isn’t.

After making kombucha from scratch, I became quite experienced with brewing tea in pots instead of cups, and three 1 lb bags of Numi organic tea are meant to be used up. I started experimenting with simple black tea mixed with maple syrup, and after inspiring visit to Amy’s on our San Francisco road trip and a few more batches we have a family favourite refreshing lime iced tea.

All friends we have entertained so far this summer, our kids and even their friends love it! Our healthy iced tea is not only free of “poison” but full of antioxidants, vitamin C and is super refreshing.

And lime tastes amazing in an iced tea!

healthy iced tea in a glass with a straw


To make homemade iced tea recipe, all you need is:

  • Loose leaf tea or tea bags
  • Maple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Lemon and lime.

I do find a huge taste difference between tea bags and loose leaf tea. With loose tea you taste pure deep flavour of actual tea leaves, where as with tea bags you are not only tasting paper but also are drinking more chemicals that are used in the process of bleaching and manufacturing that paper (and I bet you have never thought of that tiny metal staple holding the string on a tea bag that is “steeping” and leaching into your tea?!).

tea, lime, lemon, maple syrup, club soda

How to Make Lime Tea

After tea is brewed, which literally means stirring a few tablespoons of tea leaves in boiling water, I place the pot outside in a shade on a stone patio to cool off. If you do not have AC like me, removing hot pot from the kitchen in summer keeps it cooler.

Sometimes I plan ahead, brew tea in the evening and leave on the stove to cool off overnight, then heat is not an issue.

pot with cooling iced teacooled homemade iced tea

After tea is lukewarm (it doesn’t have to be completely cool), transfer it to a pitcher by laddling through a mesh strainer. Once pot is half full, you can strain directly from the pot foregoing the ladle.

squeezing limeiced tea in a pitcher

Squeeze lime and lemon. The trick with using this type of squeezer is to place fruit cut side down.

Add lime and lemon skins to iced tea along with maple syrup, and stir. Discard skins after 10 minutes, which is plenty of time to get that extra flavour out without making iced tea bitter.

Can I Use Honey?

I haven’t tried making lime tea with honey but can’t imagine the reason it wouldn’t work. You will just have to stir a bit longer to dilute the honey and taste wise iced tea will be a bit different, but the health benefits of honey won’t be ruined by hot water thus making this summer drink super healthy. A note on maple syrup taste – it will be way less prominent after those 10 minutes.

At this point your healthy iced tea is ready to be enjoyed or refrigerated. I cover my pitcher with plastic wrap and refrigerate for days.

How to Serve Lime Tea

club soda, lime and towel

If serving the crowd, add a can of unflavoured club soda (sparkling water) directly to the pitcher with ice and extra slices of lime. Or you can add it to individual glasses as you serve. Club soda adds a bit of carbonation which tastes amazing. We discovered this combo by mixing plain unsweetened iced tea with lime lemon soda at Amy’s. It takes traditional homemade iced tea to the next level!

More Healthy Cold Drinks to Try

lime iced tea closeup in a pitcher


Lime Iced Tea

5 from 2 reviews

Lime Iced Tea is healthy homemade iced tea with brewed tea, lime, lemon, club soda and a touch of maple syrup.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf black tea or 6 tea bags
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lime + more for garnish
  • 1 can club soda (unflavoured sparkling water)
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Turn off heat, add tea, stir and let steep while cooling down completely or until lukewarm (I place mine in a shady spot on a stone patio outside on hot summer days).
  2. Transfer tea to a large pitcher by laddling it through a mesh strainer; discard the tea leaves. Add maple syrup, squeeze lemon and lime juice, add the peels (skins) to the pitcher, stir with a long wooden spoon and let tea sit for 10 minutes. Discard the citrus skins otherwise iced tea will be bitter tasting.
  3. Now you can store your iced tea covered with plastic wrap or lid in a fridge for quite a few days. Right before serving add ice and a can of club soda to a pitcher, stir and enjoy the best sparkling healthy iced tea (garnish with thin lime slices if desired). Tea tastes amazing without club soda too, adjust sweetness to taste. Kids LOVE this lime iced tea with a bit of extra maple syrup in their glasses.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. hi Olena: This tea sounds refreshing. I was wondering if the tea leaves are meant to be left steeping while waiting for the water to become lukewarm? Do you think herbal teas would work in this recipe?

    1. Hi Tracey. Yes, leave the tea leaves to steep while tea is cooling off. I’m pretty sure any tea would work, just have to use combos you like. I wouldn’t make a chamomile only tea though, very strong taste. I tried adding a bit of mint and it was wonderful!

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