This Sweet Tea with lychee is made of freshly brewed tea blended with lychee. It's a refreshing summer treat (a TREAT!) bursting with sweet fruit and tea flavor.
It is getting hotter by the day guys, well at least where I live. The peak of summer is fast approaching and the humidity is slowly getting into me. Do you feel it too?
If your answer is yes then today's recipe is made especially for you.
This will keep you cool and giddy and happy during the summers, I promise!
This is my third recipe making use of lychee. Who knew this unsuspecting sweet luscious fruit can be this versatile. It goes so well with other fruits. And today, you'll find out how it's so good with tea.
My other favorite lychee recipes
Making this drink is super easy! You can make a big batch for a party or just a glass for yourself.
But first, let's discuss the basics.
How to make cold tea?
Make sure to use freshly boiled water when brewing the tea. Pour over a pot then add the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes for a single serving and 10 to 15 minutes for a pitcher or more. The longer the steeping time, the stronger the tea.
Although I haven't done this myself, boiling the tea bags is not suggested. They say it can make the tea bitter and can also split or burst the bag.
As ice cubes are going to be added, consider adjusting the ratio of water and tea bags. Use one to two tea bags per 1 cup of freshly boiled water.
In this recipe, I used the 2:1 ratio which means two tea bags for 1 cup of water.
Fresh or canned lychee?
I personally haven't tried using fresh lychees for my drink recipes so I would still go for canned lychees. Besides, the syrup from the canned lychee is necessary to deepen the lychee flavor. And also, fresh lychees are hard to come by in my part of the world.
After mixing the tea, lychee fruit and syrup and the ice cubes, taste-test the tea. Use the suggested measurements in the recipe below then make the adjustments later on.
If you want your drink sweeter but not overpowering with lychee flavor, add sugar syrup.
I tried making this only using the lychee syrup but the sweetness just wasn't enough. So if you're fine with a little bit more sugar, use sugar syrup. Just follow the link to view the recipe.
You're welcome 🙂
I really hope you'll love this recipe. This a personal favorite. I have been making this for the family almost every week not only to beat the heat but also to balance the spicy foods in our diet. This is my go-to drink whenever I eat curry and other really really hot dishes (ha!)
Watch the video on how to make Sweet Tea Lychee
Sweet Tea Lychee
- 2 bags black tea
- 1 cup freshly boiled water
- 4 pieces canned lychee fruit
- 2 tablespoons lychee syrup (add more if desired)
- 2 teaspoons sugar syrup (add more if desired)
- ice cubes
- In a saucepan, bring water to boil. Turn off heat, then add the tea bags. Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes for a cup or 10 to 15 minutes when making a big batch. The longer the steeping time, the stronger the tea. Remove the tea bags, then let it cool.
- In a glass, add lychee fruit and syrup. Pour cold tea and stir. Taste-test. Add the desired amount of sugar syrup for sweetness. Start with two teaspoons as suggested in the recipe.
- Add the ice cubes. Serve immediately! Enjoy!
Recipe Notes and Tips:
- Make sure to use freshly boiled water when brewing the tea. Steep a single serving tea for 5 minutes and 10 to 15 minutes for a pitcher or more.
- The longer the steeping time, the stronger the tea.
- As ice cubes are going to be added, consider adjusting the ratio of water and tea bags. Use one to two tea bags per 1 cup of freshly boiled water.
- Taste-test the tea after mixing the tea, lychee fruit, syrup, and the ice cubes. Use the suggested measurements in the recipe below then make the adjustments later on.
- If you want your drink sweeter but not overpowering with lychee flavor, add sugar syrup.