Refreshing Lychee Tea Recipe: How To Make It Perfectly
Iced tea has so many wonderful flavor possibilities; an excellent base for lots of delicious and refreshing drink concoctions. Below is a simple and quick lychee tea recipe — a fruit, refreshing pick-me-upper that’s always a hit with friends!
Also called litchis, lychees have become a regular item in my household ever since I learned about how versatile it is. I would normally just eat them fresh, straight out the rough skin, but my husband and I agree that lychee as a beverage is even better!
The strong and full-flavored black tea and the sweet, refreshing lychee flavors create a drink that’s packed with layers of flavor. It’s very easy to make, too! Simply follow the steps below.
Lychee Tea Recipe - Serves: 4
+ 250 grams of lychees <preferably fresh, but canned lychees work, too>
Note: if this is your first time making this, you’re probably wondering: what does lychee taste like?
Here’s an idea: ripe lychees are semi-sweet, with an almost floral smell, having almost the same consistency as a grape.
+ Water: 6 cups
+ Honey: 4-5 tablespoons
Note: Get organic, raw honey so it does not go bad
+ White sugar: 4 tablespoons
+ Black tea bags: 3 <or three heaping tablespoons of loose black tea>)
+ Lemon: 3 pieces
+ Mint leaves <optional>
1. Make The Lychee Juice.
After washing the fresh lychees, peel off the skin, remove the seed, and cut each of them into quarters. Place them in the blender together with the 4 tablespoons of honey. Set aside.
Note: Make sure that you taste the lychee juice before you set it aside. You can add more honey <and some water, if it’s too concentrated>), or add more lychees if you bought more than you need.
The lychee juice should be strong <as we’ll be mixing it with more water and tea later> but balanced.
2. Combine Sugar, Tea, and Lemons.
3. Simmer and Chill.
Simmer the sugar and black tea mixture for two minutes <or until it boils>, then turn off the heat. Juice the three lemons <you don’t strictly need to add three—you can adjust according to your preference>.
I would usually use loose tea, but tea bags are excellent as well! Don’t worry if you don’t find loose ones—the lychee tea will still taste great! Strain the tea mixture, and chill it in the fridge for at least an hour.
4. Pour and Serve.
Once the tea mixture has cooled, you’re ready to serve! Prepare your glasses and put ice in each of them—I prefer crushed ice, because it really adds a refreshing layer to the drink, and it’s easier to stir.
Fill a quarter of the glass with the lychee juice, and then fill it with tea. Stir, garnish with some mint leaves, and serve!
Refreshing Lychee Tea Recipe
Author: Vivian C.
Recipe type: Beverage
- 250 grams of lychees
- Water: 6 cups
- Honey: 4-5 tablespoons
- White sugar: 4 tablespoons
- Black tea bags: 3 <or three heaping tablespoons of loose black tea>
- Lemon: 3 pieces
- Mint leaves <optional>
- After washing the fresh lychees, peel off the skin, remove the seed, and cut each of them into quarters. Place them in the blender together with the 4 tablespoons of honey.
- In a pot, add the water and the 4 tablespoons of sugar. Bring to a boil and wait for the sugar to dissolve. Once the sugar crystals are gone, add the three bags of black tea.
- Simmer the sugar and black tea mixture for two minutes <or until it boils>, then turn off the heat. Juice the three lemons.
- Once the tea mixture has cooled, prepare your glasses and put ice in each of them.
- Serve and Enjoy!
- If you have some leftover lychee juice, you can put it in a bowl and serve it with a bucket of extra crushed ice. Serve this alongside the drinks, so when people want more, they can easily help themselves.
- If you want more of the tea flavor, make some black tea ice cubes! Simply follow steps 2 and 3, and instead of chilling, put them in an ice tray and freeze. These don’t only taste good—they look very pretty as well!
- If you want to enjoy the full flavor of lychee, you may not place them in the blender, just cut them into quarters and I often choose this way.
There You Have It!
How did your lychee tea recipe turn out! I hope you enjoyed the recipe! Let me know in the comments section below if you have any comments or suggestions. I’d love to hear what you think!