Vietnamese Lime Iced Tea (Tra Chanh Hanoi)

By: MeganPosted: 05/04/2023 Updated: 30/11/2023
Prep 3 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Vietnamese lime iced tea (Tra Chanh Hanoi) is a crisp, revitalizing drink that is perfect for warm days. This popular Vietnamese iced tea is easy to make and scale up for more servings.
Vietnamese Lime Iced Tea (Tra Chanh Hanoi)

Vietnamese lime iced tea (Tra Chanh Hanoi) is a crisp, revitalizing drink that is perfect for those warm days. This popular Vietnamese iced tea is easy to make and easy to scale up for large groups.

Two glasses of vietnamese lime iced team sitting on a counter with limes nearby.

There is nothing better than homemade Vietnamese lime iced tea (tra chanh Hanoi) when it’s hot out. This tra chanh Hanoi is a popular street food drink in Hanoi, Vietnam for a reason. It’s so simple yet so rejuvenating and satisfying. Made with green tea, honey, and fresh lime juice, this easy lime tea can be yours in a matter of minutes!

This green tea with lime recipe can be customized based on your favorite tea, and sweetness level. Iced lime tea is the perfect drink for those outdoor picnics and barbecue cookouts when the sun’s out.

The best part about this iced tea with lime is that you can easily double or triple the recipe to serve at gatherings or store in the refrigerator for later! If you are looking for more refreshing fruity iced tea inspiration, check out my grapefruit green tea, mango green tea, and watermelon mint tea!

A glass of vietnamese lime iced tea on a coaster in front of limes and another glass.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Balanced and refreshing. Vietnamese lime iced tea is bright and crisp from the fresh lime juice and balanced by the sweetness from the honey and slight bitterness from the green tea.
  • Easy to make. You can make this tra chanh Hanoi in a matter of minutes with only three easy-to-follow steps. You can easily scale up this iced lime tea as well!
  • Simple Ingredients. This lime iced tea only needs green tea, honey, and lime!
Someone picking up a glass of vietnamese lime iced tea.

Kitchen Equipment

You will only need two items of kitchen equipment for this green tea with lime.

  • Kettle or Thermometer: For the best iced tea with lime, I recommend using a kettle that has an internal thermometer or a thermometer to measure the temperature of the hot water.
  • Heatproof pitcher or measuring cup with spout: You will need a heatproof pitcher or large measuring cup with a spout to make this Vietnamese iced tea.
  • Tea bags: if you are using loose-leaf tea, you will need tea filter bags to hold the tea.

Ingredients

All of the ingredients for this tra chanh Hanoi can be found at your local grocery store.

  • Green tea: green tea is the base of this Vietnamese iced tea. I recommend using high-quality green tea for the best-tasting results. I personally like to use Jasmine green tea which is a type of green tea that has light floral notes.
  • Hot water: for the best results, I recommend measuring the temperature of your water to 175℉ or 79°C to prevent your green tea with lime from becoming unpleasantly bitter if the water is too hot or not flavorful enough if the water is too cold.
  • Honey: adding honey as the sweetener adds a touch of sweetness as well as a floral element that adds another layer of depth to this lime tea.
  • Lime Juice: freshly squeezed lime juice is the only way to go. Fresh lime juice has a more intense and rich flavor than bottled ones.
All the ingredients labled and organized to make tra chanh hanoi.

Substitutions and Additions

You can customize this green tea with lime by switching out your tea base or sweetener! I’ve listed some suggestions below.

  • Tea: you can use black tea, white tea, or oolong tea instead of green tea.
  • Sweetener: if you don’t have honey, you can use sugar, simple syrup (1:1 ratio of water to sugar), agave syrup, or whatever sweetener you’d like.

How to Make Vietnamese Lime Iced Tea

Here are the steps on how to make this iced lime tea!

  1. Brew the tea. Steep the green tea bag with hot water (175℉ or 79°C) for 3 minutes.
Steeping green tea in a large mixing cup.
  1. Add honey and lime juice. Discard the tea bag and add honey and lime juice. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator to cool for about 10 minutes.
  1. Enjoy! Pour the Vietnamese iced tea into a glass, add ice, garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!
Up close with a glass of lime iced tea.

Tips for the Best Vietnamese Lime Iced Tea

  • Use high-quality tea. The best tea drinks use only high-quality teas. Since this is the base of your iced tea with lime, I recommend using Rishi Jasmine green tea.
  • Measure the temperature of the water. Green tea has delicate tea leaves so the right temperature is crucial. If you steep the green tea in water that is too hot, you risk burning the tea leaves resulting in bitter tea. If you steep the tea in water that is too lukewarm, the flavors of the tea may not release enough resulting in a less flavorful tea.
  • Steep the tea for another minute for stronger tea. If you prefer your green tea to be stronger, I recommend steeping the tea for an additional minute. Do not steep your green tea for too long! It may result in an unpleasantly bitter iced lime tea.

Storage Instructions

You can store this Vietnamese iced tea (tra chanh Hanoi) in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To serve, stir the lime tea before pouring it into serving cups.

Frequently Asked Q’s & A’s

Is lime good for tea?

Yes! Lime is a good addition to tea. Fresh lime juice adds a bright and crisp addition to green tea.

What do green tea and lime do for the body?

Citrus juice pulls out the green tea’s antioxidants which makes it more available for your body to absorb. Limes are also known as detoxifiers that can cleanse your body and increase your energy levels.

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Recipe

A glass of vietnamese lime iced tea on a coaster in front of limes and another glass.

Vietnamese Lime Iced Tea (Tra Chanh Hanoi)

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 10 minutes
Vietnamese lime iced tea (Tra Chanh Hanoi) is a crisp, revitalizing drink that is perfect for warm days. This popular Vietnamese iced tea is easy to make and scale up for more servings.
Servings: 2 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons loose leaf green tea or 3 green tea bags
  • 2 cups hot water 175℉ or 79°C
  • cup honey
  • cup lime juice fresh about 3-4 limes
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Brew the tea. Steep the green tea with hot water (175℉ or 79°C) for 3 minutes.
  • Add honey and lime juice. Discard the tea bags and add honey and lime juice. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Serve. Pour into a glass, add ice, garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Use high-quality tea. The best tea drinks use only high-quality teas. Since this is the base of your iced tea with lime, I recommend using Rishi Jasmine green tea.
  • Measure the temperature of the water. Green tea has delicate tea leaves which require a precise temperature. If you steep the green tea in water that is too hot, you risk burning the tea leaves resulting in bitter tea. If you steep the tea in water that is too lukewarm, the flavors of the tea may not release enough resulting in a less flavorful tea.
  • Steep the tea for another minute for stronger tea. If you prefer your green tea to be stronger, I recommend steeping the tea for an additional minute. Do not steep your green tea for too long! It may result in an unpleasantly bitter iced lime tea.

Nutrition:

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.03g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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