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Refreshing Summer Iced Tea Recipe (With English Breakfast Tea)

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Make your own iced tea this summer!

Make your own iced tea this summer!

My Iced Tea Recipe

On a heated English summer day, I want an ice-cold mocktail. And there is no better option than my easy iced tea recipe, made with English Breakfast tea.

What Is Iced Tea?

Iced tea is simply tea that is served cold with ice. It often includes extra flavourings and sweeteners, like fruit and syrup.

Iced tea is loved all over the world. But despite being a nation of tea lovers, iced tea hasn’t caught on in the UK. Perhaps this recipe can change our minds. What do you think?

How I Invented This Recipe

In short, I got bored with water. I wanted a refreshing non-alcoholic summer drink that was not too high in sugar. I am not keen on lemonade or cola. So, I came up with my recipe for iced tea.

I love Pimms in the summer, but I do not always want to drink alcohol. So, sometimes I add strawberries and mint to this iced tea. It creates a tasty mocktail that rivals the real thing.

If I have friends or family over for a barbeque, I whip up a jug of this for guests who don’t want to drink alcohol. Having said that, if you add a drop of gin or vodka, this also makes a delicious summer cocktail recipe.

Easy iced tea recipe with English Breakfast tea

Easy iced tea recipe with English Breakfast tea

I have even taken my non-alcoholic iced tea to work with me. I leave the tea in the fridge overnight and then bottle it in the morning. It helps me stay away from sugary shop-bought drinks.

I have shared with you my favourite recipe. I use English Breakfast tea. I then add cucumber, lemon, mint, and elderflower cordial to create an easy iced tea recipe. I think that it perfectly represents the English summer.

My iced tea recipe is mostly water, so the only calorific ingredient is the elderflower cordial. So, as well as being vegan, it is also lower in sugar and calories to boot!

The great thing about this mocktail is that you can mix and match the ingredients. It all depends on your taste and what you have in the cupboard. If you prefer it sweeter, add some more elderflower cordial. Use limes instead of lemon. Use fruit tea instead of English Breakfast—the possibilities are endless!

Why This Recipe Is Great

Let me count the reasons I love this iced tea recipe:

  • Vegan
  • Only 10 calories per serving
  • Much lower in sugar than bottled iced tea (only 2 grams per serving)
  • Perfect non-alcoholic summer drink
  • Easy to make and uses simple ingredients
  • Refreshing
  • Make a batch in the morning, and enjoy all day on a hot day
  • Makes a tasty mocktail, great for serving at gatherings for those who don’t want alcohol
  • Easily customizable; mix and match ingredients
  • Great for kids and adults
Iced tea recipe with mint, lemon and cucumber

Iced tea recipe with mint, lemon and cucumber

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

1 hour 10 min

1 hour 10 min

Serves six


  • 6 slices cucumber
  • 1 English Breakfast tea bag
  • 50 millilitres elderflower cordial, or to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • A few sprigs fresh mint (optional)
  • strawberries (optional)
  • blackberries (optional)
  • apple slices (optional)
  • ice cubes

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • If you do not have elderflower cordial, use other sweeteners like maple syrup or pomegranate molasses.
  • Add fruit juice.
  • Use lapsang souchong tea for a smoky taste.
  • Use apple instead of cucumber.
  • Add extra fruit, like strawberries or blackberries to create a non-alcoholic alternative to Pimms.
  • If you fancy a nip of something alcoholic, add some gin or vodka to make a delicious summer cocktail.


  1. Add your sliced cucumber and lemon to 3 cups of cold water. Place it in the fridge.
  2. Add 1 cup boiling water to 1 English Breakfast tea bag. Put it in the refrigerator.
  3. Leave both the tea and the cucumber/lemon water to steep for 1 hour.
  4. After 1 hour, remove the tea bag from your steeped tea.
  5. Combine the tea with your cucumber/lemon water.
  6. Stir in approximately 50 ml elderflower cordial or to taste.
  7. Check the flavour of your tea and adjust by adding extra cordial and or water, depending on what you like.


Drink this tasty non-alcoholic summer drink on a hot day. It makes a great addition to a barbeque or gathering. Everyone will love it!

Vegan iced tea makes a great mocktail.

Vegan iced tea makes a great mocktail.

© 2021 Kathryn Worthington