Iced tea is one of the quickest and easiest drink recipes to make! This recipe uses a hot brew method for a much quicker and easier iced tea.
Hot brew vs cold brew iced tea:
Hot brew vs cold brew is a bit of a debatable topic when it comes to making iced tea and iced coffee. I personally always go with the hot brew method for two main reasons.
One, (and most importantly) hot brew is much quicker! The cold brew method calls for steeping tea bags in cool-ish water for hooouurrrss. And I'm not about that life. When I want iced tea, I want iced tea. I ain't waiting!
Two, hot brew is easier to make. You can sweeten your tea right away, and easily dissolve the sugar in your hot water. So no need to make a separate syrup. And I know, it's not the biggest inconvenience in the world, but if I can skip a step, I'll skip a step!
This recipe is so easy to make. If you know how to boil water, you know how to make iced tea!
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Iced Tea Recipe
- 4 & ½ cups cold water, divided
- 4 medium sized tea bags (I used orange pekoe, but you can use your favorite flavor)
- sugar or honey, to taste
- ice for serving
- mint and lemon for garnish (optional)
- Pour 1 & ½ cups of water into a medium pot or tea kettle. Bring the water up to a boil over high heat.
- Add the tea bags and the sugar/honey to the boiling water. Stir until the sweetener is fully dissolved and the tea has slightly colored the water. * Keep in mind when sweetening that we're still going to add more water, which will dilute the sweetness slightly. So sweeten based on how much sugar you'd like per 1 cup of tea. I like 2 tablespoons per cup, so I added in a total of 8 tablespoons of sugar to my hot water.
- Set aside to steep for 5 minutes or up to 30 minutes for a stronger flavor. Once steeped to your liking, pull the tea bags out, and discard them.
- In a large pitcher, combine the steeped tea and the remaining 3 cups of cold water. Mix together. Serve with ice, and (if you like) a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and mint!