Iced Tea Recipes

It’s summertime! You’re hot and thirsty. Quench your thirst with one of these iced tea recipes … so refreshing!

June is National Iced Tea Month and National Iced Tea Day is June 10th.

Celebrate all your American holidays with these Iced Tea Recipes. They're easy to prepare and so satisfying to drink. Follow the recipes or make changes to suit your tastes.




Classic Iced Tea (Bag-It)

4 bags of black tea
2 C cold water
2 quart pitcher
lemon slices

Place the tea bags in a small pot. Heat water to boiling and pour over the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for 15-30 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into the pitcher.

Fill the pitcher with cold water and refrigerate to chill. NOTE: If you plan to drink the tea immediately, fill the pitcher half way with ice cubes then add cold water to fill the pitcher.

To serve, fill tall glasses with ice and add the tea. Top with lemon slices. Serves 6-8.



Classic Iced Tea (Loose Leaf Tea)

2-3 T loose leaf tea
2 C cold water
2 quart pitcher
lemon slices

Place the loose leaf tea in a small pot or place the leaves in a filter (like a paper coffee filter), and tie it closed. Heat the water to boiling and pour over the tea leaves. Allow the tea to steep for 15-30 minutes.

Remove the tea leaves either by straining the tea concentrate or removing the filter. Pour the tea into the pitcher. Fill the pitcher with cold water and refrigerate to chill. NOTE: If you plan to drink the tea immediately, fill the pitcher half way with ice cubes then add cold water to fill the pitcher.

To serve, fill tall glasses with ice and add the tea. Top with lemon slices. Serves 6-8.



Mint Iced Tea

2 bags of Darjeeling Tea
2 bags of English Breakfast Tea
1 bag of mint tea
2 C cold water
pitcher

Follow the directions for Classic Iced Tea, omitting the lemon.



Ice Tea with a Pinch

6 tea bags (your choice)
1/8 tsp baking soda (this is your pinch)
2 C boiling water
6 C cold water
2 quart pitcher
sweetener (optional)

Place the tea bags and baking soda in a container and add the boiling water. Cover and steep for 15 minutes.

Remove the tea bags and pour the tea concentrate into a pitcher. Add the cold water and sweeten (optional). Refrigerate to chill. Serve over ice.

NOTE: It is said that adding the baking soda softens the natural tannins that cause a bitter taste.



Cold Water Iced Tea

6 bags of tea
4-6 C cold water
container

Place tea bags in the container and add the cold water. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours.

When ready to serve, remove the bags and serve over ice.




Tea Tips

Keep your tea fresh for your enjoyment and health by following these tips:

  • Prepare only enough tea that you will drink within a few hours.
  • Never keep tea for more than 8 hours at room temperature.
  • Thoroughly clean your tea container with soapy water on a regular basis.
  • Keep your tea bags or tea leaves in a cool, dark, dry place and do not refrigerate. Because tea readily absorbs other aromas or odors (that’s why it is easy to add flavor to tea with flowers, etc.) keep your tea away from strong aromas or odors.
  • Cloudy tea? There are two possible reasons for this. First, if your tea is still warm when you refrigerate it, cloudiness could develop. When ready to serve, add a little boiling water to clear it up then serve over ice. Second, hard water or water with minerals in it can cause your tea to look cloudy. If this is the case, try filtered or bottled water.
  • Do not squeeze tea bags as that will add bitterness to your tea.



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