Close up of a glass of Hong Kong style Lemon tea with condensation on the outside.

Hong Kong Style Lemon Tea

Summary: Whenever I go to Hong Kong, I like to order lemon tea with meals. It makes a nice refreshing alternative to water or sodas, especially in the hot summer weather. On returning home, I wanted to replicate the same Hong Kong style lemon tea myself. The following has proved to be a popular lemon tea recipe typical of Hong Kong.

Ingredients for Hong Kong Style Lemon Tea

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 litres of water
  • 2 or 3 teabags (black tea)

Instructions for Hong Kong Style Lemon Tea

Making this recipe couldn’t be easier. To start, bring the water up to the boil and while simmering, drop in the teabags. Squeeze the lemon’s juice into the tea and then drop in the remaining lemon peel. The outer yellow part of the lemon peel contains oils that help flavour the drink. The white, pith, of the lemon peel is unwanted as it can give the drink a bitter taste. Let them stew for 3 minutes or so. Remove the tea bags and lemon skins and add the sugar, stir to ensure that it all dissolves. Then enjoy this refreshing drink, ideal for both summer and winter.


This drink can be enjoyed hot or ice-cold depending on your mood. Instead of white sugar, you can experiment with brown sugar and or honey as sweeteners. In winter, I like to give the lemon tea a little extra kick by adding a small piece of fresh ginger to the pot.

Preparation time: 5 min

Diet (other): Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 8

Meal type: snack

Culinary tradition: Chinese

My rating:5 stars: ★★★★★

Hong Kong style lemon tea photo by Christmas cake photo by huangjiahui

One Comment

  • eloise says:

    I love this recipe!!! I use it all the time. My boyfriend says it can’t get more authentic than this 😉

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