Zesty Sips: Your Guide to Refreshing Lemon Tea Pairings and Recipes

There’s something undeniably invigorating about the zesty flavor of lemon tea, especially during the warm summer months. Whether you’re a seasoned tea aficionado or just beginning your journey into the world of tea, lemon tea offers a delightful blend of tart and sweet that can be enjoyed hot or cold, morning or evening. Simpson & Vail offers the lemon flavor in a wide variety of tea types (green tea, black tea, and herbal)!

Lemon Tea Pairings:

  • Lemon Ginger Black Tea – This tea blend pairs well with soft cheeses, ham, pork, savory dishes, tomatoes, salad, fruits, and shell fish.
  • Lemon Ginger Rooibos, Organic – This tea blend pairs well with salad, savory dishes, quiche, fruits, shell fish, chicken, and eggs.
  • Lemon Ginger Green Tea – This tea blend pairs well with eggs, quiche, beef, salads, breads, seafood, savory dishes and fruits.


Organic Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora)

Lemon Myrtle

The Latin name is derived from: Backhausia for the British botanist James Backhouse who discovered the plant in the 1830’s and Citriodora – neo Latin lemon scented. Lemon Myrtle is a rare plant indigenous to the rainforest of Queensland Australia. The plant contains a natural essential oil (terpenoid aloehyds) citral and has an intensive refreshing very lemony smell and taste. This healthy herb is caffeine free and non-acidic.

Typical Use – Add to breads, pancakes, scones, muffins, butter cakes, cheesecakes or breads. Mix into hot cooked rice over fish or chicken.

Helpful Hints – Extremely versatile flavoring. Oils are volatile and can dissipate with heat so best added as a post-preparation seasoning or cold formulated.

Lemon Myrtle bread:

Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon myrtle into the bread mix before pouring it into your bread maker. Lemon Myrtle bread stick: butter bread and sprinkle lemon myrtle on top, wrap and heat.

Lemon Myrtle scones:

Mix lemon myrtle with your flour before you proceed with your favorite scone recipe.

Lemon Myrtle tea:

Infuse lemon myrtle leaves in hot boiling water for 5 minutes.

Lemon myrtle goes very well with chicken and fish, whether applied in the cooking process or as a marinade. For Thai style lemon rice dishes, use brewed lemon myrtle “tea” in place of water when making rice.

African Outback Tea Sorbet:

Our African Outback Rooibos is a crowd favorite! This simple blend combines the citral goodness of Lemon Myrtle and Red Rooibos. This blend also makes the delicious summer sorbet recipe below!


1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp African Outback, organic herbal tisane
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups frozen blackberries

Lay out the berries on a cookie sheet to thaw.

Bring the water to a boil and pour over the tea leaves. Steep for 5 minutes then strain out the leaves. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate to cool.

When berries are thawed, place in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the cooled tea and continue to blend. Pour into a metal pan (8×8 or a round cake tin) and place in the freezer. Every 45 minutes stir the sorbet to ensure a smooth consistency. Enjoy!


Other unique lemon tea blends by S&V:
Citral Bee Brew

Whatโ€™s brewing here at Simpson & Vail? Weโ€™re all abuzz about this new pollinator herbal blend! Bright flower petals dance through this blend of floral and fragrant herbs. The brewed cup is a deep golden color with lively notes of lemon and lavender. The bee pollen in this blend adds a slight earthy flavor that rounds out the complex flavors to create a blend worthy of our hard-working bee friends.

We donate 10% of sales from this blend to help the bees!

Ingredients: Organic cinnamon, organic lemon myrtle, bee pollen, spearmint, organic rosemary, lavender, lemon verbena, blue cornflower petals, and marigold petals.

Lemon Tonsil Tamer

This comforting herbal blend of Slippery Elm and Marshmallow root, known for their soothing and digestive properties, is complemented by cinnamon, orange and ginger. Lemon myrtle is added for strengthening and sweet blackberry leaf lends a hint of sweetness. This delicious blend brews to a pale golden cup with a light, pleasant, lemony taste.

Ingredients: Slippery elm, organic cinnamon, orange peel, organic ginger root, marshmallow root, organic lemon myrtle, and sweet blackberry leaf.

Shenandoah Blend

This blend makes you feel like you’re on a relaxing vacation among the thousands of green trees and flowers throughout the park. The lively notes of lemon are accompanied by a hint of ginger and a delicate elderberry finish. A bonus to this blend is the addition of the butterfly pea flowers-get a blue flower in your teaspoon to experience a unique blue/green colored cup.

We donate 10% of sales from this tea to Shenandoah NP Trust.

Ingredients: Green tea, lemon peel, ginger pieces, natural lemon flavor, elderberry flavor, and butterfly pea flowers.

Walt Whitman’s Green Tea Blend

Our Walt Whitman tea blend is inspired by his beautiful nature imagery in Leaves of Grass, especially the poems he wrote about roots and herbs. In one of his memoirs, Whitman describes a man who “express’d a great desire for good, strong green tea.” This blend is an earthier and more mature variation on Simpson & Vail’s Lemon Ginger Green Tea. It combines an unobtrusive green tea base with the earthiness of ginger and eleuthero roots and the sweetness and acid bite of lemon (with lemongrass, lemon peel, and lemon flavoring).

Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, organic ginger root, organic lemon peel, organic eleuthero root, organic lemongrass and natural lemon flavor.


Cheers to many more cups of delicious lemon tea and unforgettable moments shared with friends and family. Thank you for being part of our community. Happy sipping!

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Cyndi Harron
Cyndi Harron
Cyndi Harron
Cyndi Harron is the co-owner of Simpson & Vail, Inc., a family owned and operated tea company.

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