This grapefruit iced tea is super refreshing and loaded with fresh grapefruit. It's sweet, tangy, and perfect for hot summer days when you want something sweet to cool down with.
This grapefruit iced tea is made with simple black tea, fresh grapefruit, sugar, and fresh rosemary. It's sort of similar to the Iced Shaken Honey Ruby Grapefruit Black Tea at Starbuck's, but you don't have to leave your house to get it. It's the perfect summer iced tea.
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Key Ingredients and Substitutions
- Black tea- We just use store-brand black tea bags. Nothing fancy.
- Grapefruit- You want a fresh grapefruit--not grapefruit juice. Pink and ruby grapefruits both work well for this recipe.
- Sugar- We use organic white sugar or raw sugar. You could substitute honey if you prefer that.
- Fresh rosemary- For garnish and extra flavor.
See recipe card for amounts.
Step 1: Add tea bags, boiling water, and sugar to a mug and stir to dissolve the sugar. Steep the tea for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags from the mug.
Step 2: While the tea is steeping, use a citrus juicer to juice each half of your grapefruit. Once you've extracted all of the juice, use a spoon to scoop some of the pulp from the juiced grapefruit into the juice. Add the juice to a cocktail shaker or jar filled with ice.
Step 3: Add the tea and rosemary to the grapefruit juice. Cover with a lid and shake until cool, then pour into two glasses with ice. Enjoy immediately!
Frequently asked questions
If you choose to make this ahead of time, don't add any ice or rosemary. Store all of the ingredients together in a covered jar or pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Then pour over ice and garnish with rosemary.
If you don't have a citrus juicer, you can squeeze the grapefruit by hand over a bowl. If any seeds come out, just strain them out with a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
Pink and ruby grapefruits both work well, but use whatever kind of grapefruit is your favorite.