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Iced Tea Drink Recipes

Updated on August 24, 2015
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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Iced Lipton Green Tea Superfruit with White Mangosteen and Peach
Iced Lipton Green Tea Superfruit with White Mangosteen and Peach | Source
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Iced Mint Tea | Source
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Making iced tea at home is a great way to save money while getting to experiment with some brand new recipes. It is not expensive or time consuming to make tea at home. The best part is that when you're creating your own drinks from scratch, you can decide exactly what goes into them. Customize the flavors to suit your personal needs and preferences.

I have a short tips section for making iced tea, followed by a plethora of different types of iced tea recipes. I have the recipes divided into the following sections:

  • Classic. Green, lemon, Chai, sweet tea.
  • Winning combinations. Mint lemon/lime, ginger/lemongrass, ginger/honey, ginger/orange, lemon basil/ginger, chamomile/lavender/mint, Chai with apple, with coconut cream.
  • Fruit. Blueberry, lemon, lime, orange, raspberry, peach, tangerine, pomegranate.
  • International. Thai, Malaysian calamansi, Korean matcha, Nuoc Mat.
  • Alcoholic. Mint mojito, Bourbon lemonade, John Daly, mango sangria, gin with fruit tea, Long Island.

Enjoy!

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We keep spare boxes of tea stacked in the pantry.We keep most of our teabags in two glass canisters for easy access.Make sure to wipe your kettle down on a regular basis.I drank this tea almost every week for the better part of six years.Tea strainers are perfect for loose tea leaves and are ready available in almost any kitchen department.
We keep spare boxes of tea stacked in the pantry.
We keep spare boxes of tea stacked in the pantry. | Source
We keep most of our teabags in two glass canisters for easy access.
We keep most of our teabags in two glass canisters for easy access. | Source
Make sure to wipe your kettle down on a regular basis.
Make sure to wipe your kettle down on a regular basis. | Source
I drank this tea almost every week for the better part of six years.
I drank this tea almost every week for the better part of six years. | Source
Tea strainers are perfect for loose tea leaves and are ready available in almost any kitchen department.
Tea strainers are perfect for loose tea leaves and are ready available in almost any kitchen department. | Source

Tips for Making Great Iced Tea

  • Purchase high quality tea bags and/or loose tea leaves. I know that many people only use loose leaves and would frown on the tea bag suggestion. Tea bags are still a much higher quality option than powdered tea. There is nothing wrong with the major brands like Lipton, but if you're making tea at home, take it up a notch and try something new.
  • Use filtered water and fresh ice cubes. If the water that comes out of your tap doesn't taste great, think about using a Brita filter system instead. Make sure that you wash out your ice cube trays before re-filling them on a regular basis to ensure fresh cubes with a good taste.
  • Consider purchasing an iced tea pitcher and double wall or insulated glasses. If you will be making large batches of iced tea that you drink every day or almost every day, it's worth investing in a few iced tea supplies.
  • Pay attention to the brewing instructions and recipe directions. Different kinds of tea have different brewing times and may require different quantities (i.e. number of bags) for iced tea. Make sure to read the directions on the bag or box as well as the steps for the given recipe before you begin making your tea.

Bigelow Iced Tea Tips

Add fruit to your iced tea with ease.

How to Make Starbucks Iced Green Tea

Many of the most popular hot tea flavors also make wonderful iced teas.

  • Green tea. You can't go wrong with this classic.
  • Lemon tea. Don't give into temptation and use tea powder like the recipe suggests! Take the time to brew your own. It will be well worth it.
  • Chai tea. When I went through my huge Chai tea phase (see the tea bag photo above), I made a lot of Tazo Chai iced tea. It is just as good cold as it is hot. I love the idea of adding cinnamon to it.
  • Sweet tea. You don't have to live in the South to enjoy this classic.

Are you interested in branching out from one of the classic flavors but aren't sure where to start? Consider one of these popular combination drinks.

Incorporate the wonderful fruit flavors of summer into your iced tea drinks.

Thai Iced Tea Recipe (Cha Yen)

Are you interested in re-creating an iced tea you had at a restaurant, intrigued to sample some international cuisine, or simply looking for something new? Check out these recipes.

  • Thai Iced Tea. This has become such a classic that I almost could have put it in that section instead. You can also make it from scratch.
  • Iced Calamansi Tea. A popular drink in Malaysia, this local version of a citrus iced tea is made with Calamansi limes, which are readily available there. The author recommends using BOH tea.
  • Iced matcha green tea latte. While this may not be authentic, it is definitely Korean inspired. Whether or not you want to make this right away, click over to the recipe because this drink is beautiful.
  • Nuoc Mat - Artichoke and Pandan Iced Tea. This a common Vietnamese iced tea.

Great Chicago Tea Shops

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A markerIntelligentisa Coffee -
53 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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B markerArgo Tea Cafe -
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #113, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
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C markerTeavana -
835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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I expected all of my alcoholic search results for this topic to be Long Island iced tea, but I found some other great options. I am not recommending that you make one of these recipes your regular morning kick of caffeine or your nightly wind down drink. However, they are great recipes for barbeques, the Fourth of July, and other special events throughout the summer.

  • Iced Green Tea Mojito. Is there any better way to celebrate summer than by combining green tea with a mojito?
  • Bourbon Lemonade. Making the lemonade AND iced tea from scratch will be so rewarding.
  • John Daly. A similar twist to the bourbon lemonade with lemon flavored vodka.
  • Mango Sangria. Give your sangria a unique twist by adding tea to it.
  • Gin with fruit tea. Combine your favorite fruit tea with gin, lemon, and mint.
  • Long Island Iced Tea. Obviously this isn't much of a tea recipe, but I know that there are people who got here searching for it.

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      Melissa Maxwell 3 weeks ago from Lafayette, Louisiana

      Those teas sound great! I live in Louisiana where it gets hot enough to make sun tea. You put a big jar of water and teabags outside in the sun for a few hours (Preferably on a concrete porch) and when it feels like it's running a temperature, it's ready!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      anjaycrossroad and Monis Mas, I'm glad that you found some ideas here that you like!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Mint Lemon/Lime sounds delicious to me! Yum :-)

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      Anjay Crossroad 3 years ago from Europe

      If I had to choose between all ice teas, I would opt in for the one "from" Long Island :D

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Kathryn! I'm glad that you were able to find some new recipes here just in time for summer.

      Careermommy, yep, you have lots of new ideas for the warmer weather now! Enjoy your tea. :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This is right on time for the summer. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm trying to drink more teas versus coffee drinks so this is perfect.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I saw this a few days ago, and now I am back to take a look at it. I love tea in many forms, and this one hits the spot! I knew there were a lot of varieties of tea, but I didn't know about all of the alcoholic ones. Very interesting!

      Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing! This is perfect timing for the warmer weather!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Anamika! I hope that you get a chance to try some new varieties soon. :) There are so many great kinds of tea available.

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Interesting! I have never tried anything other than lemon and peach ice tea so far. I never knew there are so many varieties I could try. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Cyndi! I had no idea that you love tea so much. Tazo has been one of my favorites for nearly ten years now.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I love this! I'm such a tea addict that every year for my birthday or Christmas, I get tea items. I got a water boiler (it boils water in a container in 90 seconds flat) and about 15 boxes of Tazo tea from my mom last year. Hehe. People who know me know I LOOOOOOVE tea. Now, I gotta go make some...where's my ginger? :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, dobo700! Enjoy your iced tea. :)

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      dobo700 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks, I don't drink iced tea much, but after reading your article I will have to give it another go. Voted as useful

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're absolutely right, sord87!

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      sord87 5 years ago

      Most of Asian people makes tea their favourite drink.The contains inside it has made tea a very healthy drink and the main element for anti aging too!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, for sure! Enjoy this summer. :)

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      It is summer and it is iced drink time, timely and helpful recipes, voted as useful :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It's more complex than you would think, right? Enjoy your teas! Thanks for the share.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, I didn't realize there's so much to learn about tea! I definitely plan to improve my tea-making skills with this hub. I vote for fruit and basil or coconut cream. Voted up and shared.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks kittythedreamer! Lemonade with iced tea sounds amazing. I will have to check out your recipe!

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      This reminds me of my summer lemonade hub that I wrote a bit ago...but with tea! Awesome recipes...this is exactly how I make my iced tea with either Chai tea bags, or fresh peppermint & lemon balm leaves. Voted up and awesome!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Christy and lovedoctor, yes for sure!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      This looks sweet and refreshing!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yummy, iced tea really is so refreshing on a hot summer day!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Enjoy the recipes!

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      Rev. Akins 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      I love tea, especially chai! I am looking forward to trying some of these. Thanks for the recipes!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks bochshiner! I'm going to have to try that this summer, too.

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      bockshiner 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      I'm addicted to tea and these iced teas sound good. I'm also going to have to try the sangria with tea.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I know, right? It's amazing how many recipes are out there! Thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Who would have thought you could create so many unique iced tea flavors! I guess if you could do it with coffee why not do the same to tea. I'm a fan of hot tea, but this hub is da bomb! Well done!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Julie!

      Bill, no worries! Thanks. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I could have sworn I left a comment, Rose, but I don't see it. Anyway, great ideas here and I love iced tea, so great hub!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Oohh, I'm a tea addict. Voting this one right on up!!!!! :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Leah, that's the perfect combination for a good drink!

      Thanks, walkingwithhim! Me too. :)

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      walkingwithhim 5 years ago

      Another great one! I love good iced teas.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Oh my goodness, I definitely want a Long Island iced tea right now. Haha! It sounds so delightful (hot weather outside on a quiet, Friday evening).

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Kelley! You have lots of new options now.

      Thanks Om! You'll have to give that a try sometime. :)

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Lovely! I like all the suggestions on your "winning combinations" list. I have tried ginger tea and lemongrass tea, but have never put the two together. I think it will be a great combination indeed! Thanks for sharing this lovely hub :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I've never heard of many of these ideas so I'm excited to try some soon. I drink ice tea daily so this is certainly something I'll try! Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Mhatter99! That's great. :)

      Thelma, iced tea is perfect for hot days. Thanks for the share!

      Thanks Cassy! Have fun with your iced tea.

      ercramer, that's awesome. :) Thanks!

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      Eric Cramer 5 years ago from Chicagoland

      Can't wait to go home and try a few of these! Great job!

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Wow, how awesome! I am definitely going to try some of these out! Voted up and Shared!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Oh, what a choice! I can make these drinks on a very hot summer days. Thanks for the recipe. Voted up and SHARED.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I like ice tea. it took me a while to figure out why a "classy" glass is served with a spoon.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Jackie, thanks! You'll have to give Tazo Chai a try. I hadn't been a big black tea fan before that, but it completely changed my mind.

      Nell, when you do get some hot weather your way, you'll have to pull out one of these recipes.

      greatstuff, that's awesome about the Malaysian tea.

      jonmcclusk, it is amazing how many different things you can do with homemade iced tea, and it often tastes so much better. Have fun with your tea.

      Thanks Victoria! You're right that tea is so refreshing.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lots of great cool summer choices. Tea is so refreshing. I really need to make it more often! thanks. Sharing this one!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Just wonderful. There was a time, long ago, where I used to buy my iced from the gallon; needless to say I no longer do and these twists are even more reason not to buy it. Thanks for the tips and saving me some more money!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Wow, that's quite a selection. You even have my favorite Malaysian Iced calamansi tea, in fact it is a favorite drink by many Malaysians. Voted useful and Shared.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I have never had iced tea, living in England we tend to drink hot tea with milk and sugar, or drink the other types of tea hot with lemon, so I am going to give these a try when we do actually get some hot weather over here! lol! loved it!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Mm, these sound great. I make tea once a week for the whole week and have never liked chai any way but hot but yours sounds promising, will try that and some of your others. Love that tea!