For some reason I was in the mood for lemon yesterday. I did have a few Bigelow “I Love Lemon” tea bags squirreled away in a drawer, so I steeped one of those up. The taste wasn’t too bad, it was actually quite refreshing. But, it got me thinking about lemon tea.
My Lemon Tea History:
I’ve never really explored all the varieties of lemon tea before. In fact, in addition to the Bigelow tea above, the only other lemon tea I’ve tried recently is the Tazo Zen(which happens to be one of my favorite summer time teas).
Oh, I almost forgot that my mom used to buy Lipton’s instant tea with lemon (unsweetened) when we were kids. Although, I never drank the stuff since I was more of a soda fan at the time.
In my college years, however, I did chug down quite a few containers of the diet (artificially sweetened) instant lemon, peach and raspberry tea. Nothing like a glass of “foamy” tea! I would dump some instant ice tea powder into a glass, then turn on the tap and fill the glass with water; this always gave the tea a nice head of foam. Those were the days!
Adding Lemon Slices to Tea:
And of course, how could I forget the days I used to always order iced tea with lemon.
Unfortunately, several years ago I watched and exposé news story that unveiled all the bacteria lurking in lemons served with beverages in restaurants.
As a side-note, just Google “lemon slices in restaurants” to learn more, if you dare. Because, I haven’t ordered water or tea with lemon since learning about it.
In fact, this information pretty much turned me off of eating-out all together (but that’s another story). So, if you love ordering tea with lemon, forget I said anything!
At home, though, I do love to add lemon slices to my water just to give it a little extra flavor.
I rarely add a lemon slice to tea unless it’s a plain-black-iced-tea like the kind you would brew from a Lipton tea bag. In fact, I’m not a big fan of adding real lemon to already brewed tea in general, but I do like the taste of lemon flavored tea…okay that is just strange!
Looking for Lemon Tea:
Since I’ve been drinking more loose tea these days, I am thinking that I need to re-explore more lemon flavored teas. Perhaps, there are even some teas with real lemon bits? It will certainly be fun to investigate more thoroughly; my mouth is already watering!
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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.
Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.
Do you have any “lemon teas” that you can recommend?