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Iced Tea Recipe

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.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people (approx. 1 cup serving each)


  • 4 & 1/2 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 & 1/2 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!
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