Tips for Making Perfect Iced Tea

What you need to know to make spot-on brew every time

When it's scorching outside and all you want is a nice, refreshing glass of iced tea to quench your thirst, there's no bigger bummer than taking a sip and realizing you've made a bad batch.

And for a recipe that's as basic as it is, there's still quite a bit of room for error. Steep for too long and the drink will become tannic and bitter. Add sugar when the tea is still hot otherwise it won't dissolve as quickly and evenly. Make sure to use filtered water.



1. Only steep the tea bags for 10 to 12 minutes, any longer and it risks becoming bitter