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Iced Tea Recipe (Extra Easy)

Crisp and refreshing homemade iced tea is easy to make and easy to scale up for a crowd. This is always a hit at summer gatherings. Serve it with your favorite sweetener or enjoy it unsweetened.

Homemade drinks like Lemonade, Iced Coffee, and this Iced Tea are such a treat in summer and so much better than storebought.

A cup of iced tea on a counter

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Whether you’re looking for a drink to round out your summer BBQ with Juicy Burgers and Grilled Corn on the Cob, or just want to have some quick caffeine on hand throughout the day, you’ll love this iced tea recipe.

We’re sharing all the tips and tricks you need to make the most flavorful, refreshing sweetened, or unsweetened iced tea. 

How to Make Iced Tea 

Homemade iced tea only requires a few simple steps and ingredients. Follow the process below and you’ll be sipping tea on the porch in no time.

  • Brew the Tea: In a saucepan, bring half the water to boil and remove it from heat. Add in the tea bags and allow them to steep for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove the Tea Bags: Remove the tea bags from the hot water. If you want sweet tea, add the sugar and whisk until it’s completely dissolved. 
  • Add the Cold Water: Add the remaining cold water to the hot tea and whisk. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or until chilled. 
  • Serve: Serve the tea over ice with lemon slices and fresh mint. 
step by step on making iced tea

Tips for the Best Iced Tea

Below, find a couple of tips and tricks to help you make the best iced tea. 

  • Be sure to measure the water. To prevent your tea from turning out too strong or too watery, measure the water to make sure you aren’t adding too much or too little. 
  • Set a timer for the steeping. Don’t let the tea steep longer than 10 minutes, or else it will turn bitter. Set a timer so you don’t forget to remove the bags.
  • Experiment with different teas. If you’re not a fan of black tea, try using green tea instead. You could also go caffeine-free and use a variety of herbal teas. Mint tea is especially delicious iced.
  • Play around with different sweeteners. You can use honey, agave syrup, coconut sugar, or even maple syrup to sweeten your tea. Play around with different sweeteners and tea combinations to see what you like best!
  • Use filtered water. Use filtered water instead of tap water to get the smoothest flavor. There are lots of additives and minerals in tap water that can dull the taste. 

Can I use loose-leaf tea? Yes, one teabag roughly equals about one teaspoon of loose leaf tea so you’ll need 2 Tablespoons. Simply dump the tea leaves into the hot water and strain them out using a fine-mesh sieve. Follow the directions as noted and enjoy!

a cup of iced tea with lemon and min

Storing Iced Tea

Store iced tea in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Use a pitcher that has a sealable spout so your tea doesn’t soak up the smells in your refrigerator.

Note: As the tea sits, you may notice some tea particles settling at the bottom of the pitcher. That’s perfectly natural and normal and there’s no need to shake before serving.

Common Questions

Is iced tea good for you?

Iced tea does have health benefits. It’s packed with antioxidants and has much less acidity than coffee, making it a great option for folks with a sensitive GI system. 

What is sun tea?

Sun tea is an old-fashioned method of brewing iced tea. You brew sun tea by putting a pitcher of water in the sun with tea bags or loose tea. Over the course of the day, the tea will steep in the natural sunlight. Once brewed, place it in the refrigerator to chill. 

Can I cold brew my iced tea?

Absolutely! You can cold brew your iced tea by placing tea bags or loose leaf tea in filtered water. Let the mixture steep in the refrigerator for 6-12 hours, or until the tea tastes to your liking. 

Iced tea served in a glass with ice

Homemade iced tea is so quick and easy to make and you’ll love that it keeps really well in the refrigerator.

More Summer Recipes to try

Iced Tea Recipe (Extra Easy)

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
homemade iced tea with iced tea pitcher

Crisp and refreshing homemade iced tea is easy to make and easy to scale up for a crowd. This is always a hit at summer gatherings. You can add your favorite sweetener or serve iced tea unsweetened.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $1-$3
Keyword: homemade iced tea, iced tea
Cuisine: American
Course: Drinks
Calories: 43
Servings: 6 servings (makes 1/2 gallon)


  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 6 bags black tea
  • 1/3 cup sugar, optional, adjust to taste


  1. In a saucepan, bring half of the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add tea bags. Allow the tea bags to steep for 10 minutes. 

  2. Remove the tea bags from the water. Note: If you prefer sweet tea, add the sugar or your preferred sweetener to the tea while it’s still hot and stir until dissolved.

  3. Add the remaining water to the tea. Leave it refrigerated until fully chilled (about an hour).

  4. Serve with ice, lemon slices, and fresh mint if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Iced Tea Recipe (Extra Easy)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43
% Daily Value*
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Deven
    August 6, 2021

    Will you share what brand of tea you use?

    We’ve gone to restaurants and have had that very sharp, crisp feeling tea and we can’t seem to be able to replicate it.

    The tea we make at home just doesn’t have that same “sharpness” or clarity we have at restaurants. We’ve also tried the baking soda addition that other people have mentioned.

    We also only use filtered water (I don’t like tap, we used to get sick from it back in Texas) and have even tried expensive water bottles – so, I’m starting to feel like it’s a tea brand issue or we aren’t preparing it correctly.

    Any insight would be appreciated!


    • Natasha
      August 6, 2021

      Hi Deven, some sharpness can be lost with sugar and sweeteners and the type of sweetener used can also affect the clarity. Teas will vary in flavor but some good ones to try are: Wholefoods 365 Organic Black team, Numi Organic Breakfast Blend, Newmans Own black tea, PG Tips, Tazo black tea and Twinnings.


  • Nataliya
    August 4, 2021

    Hello, can you please share where did you buy these drinking cups for this iced tea? thank you


  • aarjav
    July 26, 2021

    it is super tasty


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 27, 2021

      Thank you!


  • Bonnie Cramer
    July 22, 2021

    I am addicted to Peach Mango Crystal Light green tea. Bad thing is it has aspartame. Trying to find a recipe that has similar taste. I have some fruit flavored Skinny Girl Syrups on order. Going to experiment with your method but use the SG syrup for sweetener.


    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 22, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Bonnie!


  • Cindy
    July 21, 2021

    Thank you for this recipe Natasha! The best iced tea I’ve ever made. Served with lemon slices. Perfectly sweetened and so refreshing!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 21, 2021

      That’s so great, Cindy! I’m so happy it’s the best you ever tried!


  • Kristen
    July 20, 2021

    This iced tea was the simplest I have ever made and the best. Thanks for the recipe.


    • Natasha
      July 20, 2021

      Hi Kristen, I am so happy to hear that. Thank you for the wonderful review.


  • Natalie
    July 20, 2021

    This is one of those summer drinks that no one can get enough of! Super easy too!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 20, 2021

      So refreshing! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Natalie!


  • Erin
    July 20, 2021

    We love this easy recipe during the summertime. We’ve used black tea and herbal, both are wonderful!


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