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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. 

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  • 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.