Mint leaves, 30 grammes, freshly gathered and ready to use
For the ice cubes made with lemon juice
Sliced into 24 pieces, two tiny lemons
A kettle full of water is all that is needed to produce the lemon ice cubes. Using two clean 12-hole fairy cake pans, divide the lemon slices among them, and then pour some of the cold water over each one so that the slices are covered to a depth of about 2cm. Leave overnight in the freezer.
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil to brew the iced tea—a heat-proof container with teabags, lemon quarters, and sugar. Pour 1 litre of boiling water over the top and let steep for two hours at room temperature. Refrigerate for at least an additional two hours after transferring to the freezer.
Discard the tea bags and lemon segments before serving. If desired, transfer to a serving jug and top up with 500ml of ice-cold water. Whether you think it needs additional water, you may always taste it to see if it’s too strong. Enjoy your lemonade with ice cubes and fresh mint leaves.
The iced tea may be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for two days. Use ordinary ice cubes and slices of lemon if you’re short on time.