Five Homemade Iced Tea Recipes

Stock up on tea and a few simple ingredients this summer so you can be prepared to make one (or all five) of these iced tea recipes for an impromptu barbecue, Fourth of July party, birthday celebration or other seasonal event.

Tea Time Clock TinLemon Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tea bags (we recommend Orange Pekoe Tea)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Measure sugar and place in a large mixing bowl with 1 cup of lemon juice to dissolve.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, remove from heat and place tea bags in the pan to steep for a maximum of 5 minutes (do not squeeze the tea bags!).
  3. Remove tea bags and discard. Pour hot tea into sugar/lemon mixture and stir to mix well.
  4. Transfer into gallon container and fill to the top with cold water, refrigerate.
  5. Add lemon or mint for a garnish, serve over ice.

Peach Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 cups water
  • 2-3 peaches, sliced
  • 3 tea bags (of your choice)

Directions:

  1. Bring sugar, 1 cup water and peach slices to boil. Reduce heat to medium, crushing peaches while stirring.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat and remove from stove. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Boil remaining water and add tea bags, steep for 5 minutes. Remove and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Strain peach syrup (steps 1&2) to remove larger fruit pieces. Add to tea and serve over ice.

Mint Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon loose tea leaves
    (we recommend a Chinese Green Tea)
  • 1½ ounces fresh mint sprigs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine boiling water and tea in a medium bowl. Cover and steep for about 3 minutes.
  2. Strain into another bowl and discard tea leaves. Add mint and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Cool completely, then serve over ice.

Pomegranate Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 8 tea bags (of your choice)
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 3 limes, thinly sliced (if desired)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine boiling water and tea in a medium bowl. Cover and steep for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and let the tea cool to at least room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Add pomegranate juice, limes and sugar and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Serve over ice.

Glass Beverage DecanterLemonade Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups water (to boil)
  • 8 tea bags (of your choice)
  • 1 ounce fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

Directions:

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

  2. Remove tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved.

  3. Add the 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate to the tea and stir until combined. Serve over ice. Garnish with citrus slices if desired.

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