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How to Make Two-toned Iced Tea

Updated on November 25, 2011

Two-toned Iced Tea


Two-toned Iced Tea Instructions


Why would anyone want two-toned iced tea? Well, there is really not too much new with the serving of iced tea. You may decide to add lemon or ginger or more or less sugar. You may even try a variety of teas but then it all looks the same.

Two-toned iced tea is prepared a little differently and is a different way to present a familiar drink. Since many of my guests like a cold drink I often prepare iced tea to keep on hand. It was just by chance, after I had made what was probably my 100th container of it - that this separation just happened to happen.

While it does look tricky to get that separation it is actually very simple to make.


You'll need:

- 64 oz container (as shown in the photo) or equivalent

- 2 tea bags (I like PG Tips from England - a black tea)

- Sugar to taste

- Water

- ice

Using a mug, put in the 2 tea bags and add boiled water. Let it steep for about 4-5 minutes. Remove the bags. Let cool for about 15 minutes.

Fill the container about 3/5ths full of water. Add sugar to taste (about ΒΌ cup) and stir until all sugar is dissolved.

Important step:

Add at least a full tray of ice. A wider pitcher requires more ice. There should be enough ice to form a solid layer on top of the sugared water.

Now pour the cooled mug of tea on top of the ice. The tea will only go down so far below the ice and stop. This creates the two-toned effect.

Note: Storing in the fridge to serve later, the ice will remain and the tea-will keep the two-toned look. It's pretty to put on the table so everyone can oooh and ahhh! Before drinking, stir gently and serve.



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    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      For sure theherbivorhippi - a bit of healthy cinnamon that probably sits in the cabinet. My cousin goes all out with being the creative but nutritious host - I must send him your many vegan recipes because in England so many of his friends are vegan.

      Enjoy mosaicman!

      Glad you like the idea nadp. It amazing how many discoveries are made - accidentally!

      Thanks for the comments!

    • nadp profile image


      10 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

      Great idea!! Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      I like the hub! I am an avid tea drinker. Thanks for the info.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      10 years ago from Holly, MI

      oooh la come I have never though to dust apples with cinnamon?? I need to be in your family! lol

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh, I'm so with your mother here. I believe in presentation and the simplest things can work so well. Like when my cousin decided to serve us (overeating slobs) some apple slices - he dusted it all with cinnamon. I mean it was like the best apple ever. He always does stuff like this! And another cousin who peeled cucumbers and then dragged a fork lengthwise and we had these like crinkle cut cukes - such excitement!

      Thanks so much for commenting!

      Really hope your mom enjoys it!

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      10 years ago from Holly, MI

      What?? This is awesome! My mom will LOVE this idea...she is all about presentation and entertains far more than me. This is definitely an attention grabber on the table. So cool...will save to show her later! :)

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you michelle.dragon.99 - I get such a kick out of serving this tea!

    • michelle.dragon99 profile image


      11 years ago

      lovely drinks!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you too Lgali! It is so lovely to set this on the table and see everyone say 'ooooh!'

    • Lgali profile image


      11 years ago

      thnaks for this nice recipe

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks - this iced tea is fun to do - and sugared for sure. I'm a major tea drinker and in the summer like it iced. But no sugar ever in hot tea (ugh!)

      I just did a hub about Japanese green tea - when I was in Korea the powdered tea was used to make all kinds of desserts - like icecream, and green tea lattes - excellent stuff!

    • luvintkandtj profile image


      12 years ago from USA

      i LOVED THE FACT THAT THE TEA IS SWEETENED!! You folks up north don't make sweet tea. lovin your hubs. lovin your style

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello Moonlake!

      Please let me know what your husband thinks of the two-toned iced tea. I'm so curious. Now it's the only way I make iced-tea, it has to have that look or else...well, it's just not the same.

      Thanks for your comment! (Love your Hubs!)

    • moonlake profile image


      12 years ago from America

      That's neat. I'll have to try it. My husband will have a fit he doesn't want his messed with. He drinks it everyday.....

      Enjoyed your hub.


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