This iced lychee tea makes an absolutely refreshing drink on hot summer days. With only 4 ingredients and no artificial flavors, this sweet fruity taste flavored black tea is easy to make and enjoyed by all!
This is an easy fruit tea recipe. It starts with a base of black tea that is infused with natural lychee flavor in the form of lychee simple syrup and real lychee fruit. Served chilled, this black lychee tea makes an excellent thirst quencher!
What is Lychee
Lychee is a tropical fruit that grows mostly in China and the Southeast Asia region. They are about the size of strawberries and look quite similar, however, lychees have thin coarse skin that needs to be peeled off to get the sweet white flesh on the inside.
The lychee fruit flesh is white in color with a long brown seed on the inside. Both the lychee peels and the seeds are inedible and should be discarded.
Lychees are loved by many for their sweet floral notes in its taste and smell. The fruits are sweet and juicy with a slight hint of citrus taste. Although finding fresh lychee fruits may not be possible all year round, these fruits are widely sold canned in syrup. And although slightly sweeter than the fresh lychees, canned lychees can be enjoyed in the same way as the fresh fruit. They are also very often the preferred choice when making desserts due to its their consistency in taste.
The lychee black tea recipe on this page is uses lychees in can.
How to Make Ice Lychee Tea
For the black tea:
- Black tea (in tea bags)
- Lychees (canned)
For the lychee syrup:
- Lychees (canned)
- Syrup (from the can)
- White sugar
Making the lychee syrup for the tea
- Drain the lychee fruits and set the syrup aside. Add the lychee flesh into a food processor.
- Measure the syrup into the food processor and blend the fruits until smooth.
- Strain the lychee juice with a fine mesh sieve to remove all the fruit pulp. Discard the pulp after straining.
- Pour the lychee juice into a pot and add in the sugar. Turn on the heat and cook it on medium low fire.
- Continue to cook (stir occasionally) until the sugar is all dissolved.
- Once the syrup comes to a boil, turn off the heat.
Making the tea
- Pour half of the water into a small pot and bring it to a boil.
- Turn off the heat and put in the tea bags.
- Cover the pot and let the tea steep in the hot water for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags. Squeeze them to get as much tea out of them as possible. Add the remaining water and mix. Let the tea cool down.
Assembling the lychee black tea
- Measure the lychee syrup into the tea. Stir to mix.
- Prepare your drinking glass. Add about 4 to 5 lychees into each glass.
- Top with ice cubes.
- Pour in the lychee infused black tea. Serve.
Can you adjust the amount of tea used in the recipe?
- Yes, you can. If you like your tea stronger, increase the amount of tea leaves used and increasing the steeping time to about 3-5 minutes. Do take note that too much tea will overpower the lychee taste in this lychee black tea.
- Similarly, if you prefer lighter tea flavor (less caffeine), you can reduce the tea leaves used.
- Also, if you do not want to use tea bags, you can substitute them with loose leaf tea. Use 1 teaspoon of tea leaves for every tea bag.
Can you reduce the amount of syrup used in the recipe?
- The syrup functions as a sweetener for the tea. It also imparts the lychee flavor to the tea.
- The amount you wish to use in making this lychee drink is a matter of personal taste. You can definitely reduce it if you prefer less sweeter tea, but that would mean the rich fruit flavor of lychee will also be slightly reduced.
How long will the lychee iced tea last?
- If not serving immediately, keep it chilled in the refrigerator. Consume the tea within the same day you make it.
- In fact, making the tea slightly in advance and keeping it chilled in the fridge is a better way to serve this tea as you do not need to add too many ice cubes to it. Too many ice cubes in the drink can dilute the tea, making the tea taste bland.
Can the lychee black tea be consumed hot?
- This recipe is meant to make iced tea and the drink is best consumed chilled.
- However, if you are not a fan of iced drinks, you can make this tea hot too. When making the tea, boil all the water instead of only half of it.
Can you make this lychee iced tea with other types of tea?
- Yes, you certainly can. Use your preferred type of tea and simply substitute it for the black tea. Green tea and jasmine tea are two other best choices for making this sweet tea recipe.
Like this lychee tea recipe? Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
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Here is the full printable version of my easy black lychee tea recipe:
Lychee Tea - Easy, Fragrant and Absolutely Refreshing
- 2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoon black tea leaves)
- 500 ml water
- ice cubes
- 20 lychees (canned)
- 60 ml syrup (from the canned lychees)
- 60 g sugar
- 10 lychees (canned)
- Place the lychees in a food processor. Measure in the syrup and blend until smooth.
- Strain the lychee juice with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Squeeze out all the juice and discard the pulp.
- Pour the lychee juice into a pot.
- Add sugar and turn on the heat to a low.
- Cook the syrup over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir occasionally.
- Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool down while preparing the black tea.
Making the black tea
- Pour half of the water into a medium sized pot. Turn on the heat to medium and bring the water to a boil.
- Turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Submerge them in the hot water.
- Cover the lid and let the tea steep in the hot water for 3 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and squeeze out all the tea from them before discarding. If using tea leaves, strain the tea into a heat resistant mixing glass.
- Add the remaining water and stir well.
Assembling the lychee tea
- Pour the prepared lychee syrup into the black tea. Stir to mix.
- Prepare drinking glasses. Add about 4 to 5 lychees into each glass.
- Top with ice cubes.
- Pour the prepared tea and serve.