Basic (But Perfect) Iced Tea Recipe

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Basic (But Perfect) Iced Tea Recipe
Basic (But Perfect) Iced Tea Recipe

Before you cast your traditional iced tea aside and get wild with interesting mix-ins, here's a recipe to help you make the basic version perfectly every time. 

Click here for 10 Tips for Making Perfect Iced Tea.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 6-8 tea bags
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 quart cold water
  • ½ cup sugar or ¼ cup honey, optional


Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Drop in the tea bags in and steep for only 10-12 minutes, otherwise it will be too strong and tannic tasting. After steeping, take out the bags, squeeze gently and discard them. (Unless, of course, you were brought up in a house like mine, where tea bags are re-used three times. Probably why I became a chef.)

Sweeten if you like now — you may also use Stevia, agave, or Truvia for sweetener if you prefer. Place the hot tea in a pitcher and add the remaining cold water. Refrigerate until chilled.

Iced Tea Shopping Tip

Tea bags and tea leaves are one of the wonderful things that should be always available in your kitchen cabinets. It can be enjoyed year round, whether it is hot and steaming or iced and refreshing.

Iced Tea Cooking Tip

When making iced tea, make sure you keep an eye on it. Give your tea ample time in the hot water but be sure to not over-steep your tea because the result will be a bitter mess.