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how to make iced tea?

There is nothing more refreshing than a glass of homemade iced tea on a hot summer day.  Cold-brew iced tea is easy to make, super refreshing and has a clean, smooth finish that you just can’t get with traditional tea. Plus, you can make it ahead and keep it in your fridge for days. 


Here’s a basic recipe:


  • 4 cups of water
  • 4-6 tea bags (black, green, or herbal tea)
  • Ice
  • Sweetener (sugar, honey, or simple syrup) – optional
  • Lemon slices, mint, or other garnishes – optional


  1. Boil the Water:
    • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a pot or kettle.
  2. Steep the Tea:
    • Once the water is boiling, remove it from heat.
    • Add the tea bags to the hot water. For a standard strength, use 4 tea bags. If you prefer a stronger tea, use 6 tea bags.
    • Let the tea steep for 5-7 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
  3. Sweeten the Tea (Optional):
    • If you like sweetened iced tea, add your preferred sweetener while the tea is still warm so it dissolves easily. Stir until fully dissolved.
  4. Cool the Tea:
    • Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool to room temperature.
    • Once cooled, transfer the tea to a pitcher.
    • Refrigerate until fully chilled, about 1-2 hours.
  5. Serve:
    • Fill a glass with ice cubes.
    • Pour the chilled tea over the ice.
    • Garnish with lemon slices, mint, or any other preferred garnishes.
  6. Enjoy:
    • Your iced tea is ready to enjoy!


  • Cold Brew Method: For a smoother flavor, you can cold brew the tea. Add the tea bags to cold water and refrigerate for 6-12 hours.
  • Flavored Iced Tea: Experiment with adding fresh fruit, herbs, or flavored syrups for a unique twist.
  • Tea Concentrate: If you like a stronger tea, you can make a tea concentrate using double the amount of tea bags and then dilute with water or ice when serving.

Feel free to adjust the recipe to fit your taste preferences!

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