Lemon Basil Tea

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


12 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Our Test Kitchen experts sure know how to brew a great cup of tea! Infused with basil and lemon, this oh-so-drinkable recipe tastes as good as it smells.


  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup English breakfast or other black tea leaves


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add basil, lemon zest and tea leaves; cover and steep for 4 minutes. Strain, discarding basil, zest and tea leaves. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 2 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 free food.