Homemade Iced Tea – A Cool Summer Drink

Homemade Iced Tea

The summer time is the hottest time of the year. People are finding their own ways to beat the heat yet enjoy summer at the same time. Lounging at the pool, going to the beach or going out to get that ice cream cone. Another way to cool down without busting your budget is to make homemade iced tea.

It only has 5 ingredients and has less sugar and has no preservatives that powdered iced teas sell at grocery stores. Plus, you know what you put in your own iced tea fix.

For the iced tea, if you don’t have tea bags, you can also use loose tea leaves. Use approximately 1 tablespoon of loose tea per 5 to 6 ounces of hot water and let it steep for up to 10 minutes. Strain the tea leaves. When you drink it cold, it reduces the tannin pucker, and ice will dilute the bitter taste.

Total time to make: 30 minutes
Serves 8


8 tea bags of your preferred good-quality black tea
1 medium lemon or orange
8 cups simmering water
Simple syrup


1. Place the tea bags in a large heatproof glass pitcher. Use a vegetable peeler to strip the peel from the lemon or orange, avoiding as much of the white pit as possible, and add the peel to the pitcher.
2. Pour the simmering water into the pitcher and let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and discard. Refrigerate the tea until cool.
3. To serve, fill iced tea glasses with ice and pour the tea over the ice. Sweeten with simple syrup, to your desired taste.
4. Garnish with lemon or orange slices. Enjoy!

This recipe is in no way a substitute for the traditional Southern Iced Tea. This is just a traditional and basic homemade iced tea recipe that anyone can also make in their home.

Would you try making this iced tea for the summer? Tell us about it in the comments below.


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