How to Make Iced Tea

How to Make Iced Tea
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How to Make Iced Tea

Want to learn how to make iced tea? Read on to discover eight easy recipes for delicious iced tea.

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Orange-Earl Grey Iced Tea

Get a little pick-me-up with this orange-infused Earl Grey iced tea. Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids that may help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and diabetes, plus help you have healthier teeth and gums and stronger bones. You can help preserve the flavonoids in iced tea by adding something acidic—like the orange juice in this recipe.

Get the recipe: Orange-Earl Grey Iced Tea

Green Jasmine-Mint Iced Tea with Lemon

Here we balance the mildly grassy flavor and slightly astringent mouthfeel of green tea with honey and lemon. Oversteeped green tea can be bitter, so don’t brew it any longer than 3 minutes. And be sure to steep in simmering water: water that looks like it’s steaming, with little bubbles, but not boiling.

Get the recipe: Green Jasmine-Mint Iced Tea with Lemon

Iced Mint Green Tea

Crisp and refreshing, you just may find yourself craving this beverage on a hot summer's night. Fresh mint leaves and honey add the perfect balance of flavors. Omit the sake for a non-alcoholic version.

Get the recipe: Iced Mint Green Tea

Honey-Lemon Tea

This is a popular drink served in homes along the Yangtze during the summer. In China, honey is highly praised for its medicinal value. Some say daily doses of local honey may help ease hay fever. Serve with ice for a refreshing summer drink.

Get the recipe: Honey-Lemon Tea

Backyard Tea

Iced tea also makes a great mixer for cocktails. Punch up the standard Arnold Palmer (a drink made from half iced tea and half lemonade) with rum.

Get the recipe: Backyard Tea

The Leland Palmer

This alcoholic version of the Arnold Palmer uses gin, jasmine tea and grapefruit juice. This drink will be your essential back-porch sipper this summer.

Get the recipe: The Leland Palmer

Rosé, Bourbon, and Blue

This spirited sipper combines two summer favorites: sweet iced tea and sangria. Use orange pekoe for the tea and a fruity rosé like a Spanish Rioja.

Get the recipe: Rosé, Bourbon, and Blue

Hibiscus-Pomegranate Iced Tea

This herbal iced tea blends sour, berry-flavored hibiscus tea with sweet pomegranate juice.

Get the recipe: Hibiscus-Pomegranate Iced Tea


Beat the heat this summer with a tall glass of iced tea. However you like it — sweetened or unsweetened, garnished with a lemon wedge or mixed with lemonade — this popular summer drink is a delicious way to cool off (and there are a ton of benefits to drinking it too). Making your own iced tea at home is easy and cheap, and you can get creative with different flavors.

How to make basic iced tea

To make a concentrated tea base, steep four to six standard-size tea bags (or the equivalent in loose tea) in two cups of freshly-boiled (but not boiling), hot water for up to ten minutes (different types of teas will require different steep times).

Popular teas to use include Earl Grey, oolong, orange pekoe, but feel free to use your favorite tea. The longer you steep the more the bitter the tea will taste. For a stronger flavor, use more tea bags or loose tea. Remove the tea bags when you are done steeping. Dissolve any sweeteners into the brew while it is still hot.

Let your tea cool down to room temperature, transfer the concentrate into a 2-quart pitcher, and dilute with cold water according to taste. Serve with ice, and garnish with a lemon wedge if you'd like!

Popular variations of iced tea

If you're looking to mix up your iced tea routine, try one of these popular takes!

Sweet Tea: There are many ways to make this Southern favorite. Add sugar or simple syrup to the hot tea brew to make a sweetened tea concentrate.

Arnold Palmer: Mix equal parts iced tea and lemonade for a refreshing summer sipper.

Sun Tea: Like regular iced tea but with more mellow flavors, sun tea is made by infusing tea bags in water under the natural heat of sunlight for three to five hours. If you're concerned about bacteria, you can get equally good results by letting the tea bags infuse in your refrigerator for several hours.

Iced tea recipes

Check out our slideshow above to discover eight refreshing iced tea recipes.

For more tea ideas, check out "A Natural Tea Party" from our friends at Style Me Pretty Living.

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