Hubby and I are big fans of the hot lemon tea we get here in Bangalore, in several bakeries. It is a light brew, but the lemon in it makes it so very refreshing. Most bakeries make it with sugar, and we love how the sweetness combines with the tartness of the lemon.
We often make a pit-stop at a nearby bakery to enjoy a glass of our favourite hot lemon tea, in the midst of grocery shopping or running other errands. This is just the perfect drink for us any day, but especially so on the kind of dark, rainy days that are prevalent in Bangalore right now. It is a great pick-me-up for us, a mood-changer, an energy-booster.
I have tried, several times over, to make hot lemon tea at home, but failed miserably. It continued to turn out too bitter or too bland, not at all the beautifully fragrant and flavourful brew that the Bangalore bakeries serve. Recently, though, a friend’s mother served us just the perfect hot lemon tea with honey, and I absolutely had to request her for the recipe. She taught me some great tips – when to put in the tea powder, when to add the honey, when to add the lemon, and so on. It was all so simple, but I had been doing it all wrong so far!
Now, thanks to these tips, I can make great hot lemon tea at home, whenever we feel like a cuppa! This version of hot lemon tea with honey is a healthier alternative to the one made with sugar, a relatively guilt-free drink. Taste-wise, I would say, it is close to the bakery lemon tea that we have come to love.
Here is how to make hot lemon tea with honey, my friend’s mom’s way!
Ingredients (makes 2 cups):
- 2-1/2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon tea powder
- 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- Juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste
- A few fresh mint leaves
1. Heat the water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil.
2. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add in the honey. Mix well. Switch off the gas.
3. Add the lemon juice and tea powder. Mix well.
4. Strain the lemon tea into two teacups. Serve immediately, garnished with a couple of fresh mint leaves.
1. Add the tea powder only after the water has come to a rolling boil and the gas has been switched off. This will ensure a mild tea that isn’t very bitter in taste.
2. I use Wagh Bakri or Red Label tea powder to make this hot lemon tea with honey.
3. Adjust the quantity of honey and lemon you use, depending upon personal taste preferences.
4. Don’t heat the water too much after you add the honey.
5. You can add sugar or jaggery powder in place of honey, too. Personally, I don’t like the taste of jaggery in this tea. I usually make this tea with honey rather than sugar, as this is a sort of detox drink.
This recipe is for the Foodie Monday Blog Hop. The theme for this week is ‘Different types of tea’.