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Brewed Iced Tea

Updated on September 10, 2012

My Grandpa taught me how to make perfect iced tea.

Iced Tea is an art. I'm pretty picky about my tea because I grew up knowing how to spare the flavor of the tea in the brewing and icing process. Also, one of the foremost points to remember is that hot tea poured over ice never clouds, adding tepid or cold water to the brewed hot tea clouds every time.

This is such a simple process, but most young people have no idea. Many restaurants are clueless, and if you tell someone this tidbit of information, they'll usually look at you like you're nutty and ignore the conversation altogether, because it doesn't make sense.

Here's my step-by-step process.

1. Heat cold water to just before boiling. (You can put the tea bags in at any time.) 1 tea bag for each 8 ounces of water

2. Remove the tea bags after steeping for several minutes. The tea will be very dark if you're using black pekoe tea.

Note: If you're using other teas, flavored, green, organic, etc. you'll have to experiment some.

3. Pour the hot brew over about 12 ice cubes to chill, in a bowl or small pitcher.

4. Fill glasses with ice, add about 1/2 full with cold water, then pour in the brewed tea. TOTALLY CLEAR and Pure Taste

Another Note: If you prefer sweet tea just before step 3 add a good amount of sugar and stir until dissolved - sugar dissolves easiest in the hot tea, or falls to the bottom of a cold glass of tea and never really mixes.

5. Add a lemon or my preference a lime, and artificially sweeten to taste.

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I have a container I use in the microwave to heat the water, 6 cups, 6 tea bags, 6 minutes

I have a container I use to chill the tea, a plastic pitcher.

I have a very tall plastic glass I use to serve my tea, holds about 15 ice cubes, fill it half full with cold water, and pour in the new brew.

Throw out tea at the end of the day - it molds very fast - can't see the mold, but can bring on allergies regardless



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Western Decorated Sun Tea Container
Western Decorated Sun Tea Container


You definitely get a different flavor when you brew tea in the sun.

Here's a great way to have amazing Iced Tea for your picnic, camp site, patio, summer outing, etc.

If you don't have a glass container with a well-fitted lid, then acquire one. Many discount stores sell decorated glass Sun Tea containers. Fill the container with cold water, set the container in the sun until the water darkens - it will never darken as much as brewed tea!

Bring the container in, let it cool to room temperature, pour over ice and sit back and enjoy.

Now this is a fancy way to make Sun Tea.

Brewed iced tea.


Cranberry Iced Tea

Add Ice to the empty glass, Add cranberry juice about 1/4 of the glass, add water same amount, add brewed tea. (Sweeten tea while hot if you prefer sweet tea.)

Raspberry Iced Tea

Add ice to the empty glass. Blend frozen raspberries and and ice water, add to the ice, top off with sweetened brewed tea.

Grape Iced Tea

Follow instructions above for Cranberry Tea, but do not sweeten the tea as much because grape juice is much sweeter.

Arnold Palmer

Lemonade sweetened to taste, brewed tea. Add lemonade to ice, then top off with iced tea.

Tea Variety I Discovered in Arizona - Several Restaurants Serve This Brewed Tea

If you like flavored iced tea that is perfect every time, then I suggest you get some of this loose tea and make arrangements to pour hot water over the tea bail, have the glass and ice ready - you're going to be so refreshed.

China Mist Iced Tea Variety Pack - 24 CT
China Mist Iced Tea Variety Pack - 24 CT

There's a Mexican Restaurant in Cave Creek Arizona that serves China Mist brewed iced tea. When we commented on the wonderful flavor of the Tea the waitress brought us a full bag of loose tea for our own tea at home. It was such a blessing, lasted forever, and was a sweet reminder of a thoughtful manager, waitress and a business we return to often (great marketing).

These are awesome Teapots.
These are awesome Teapots.

Various Types of Teas I've Used

I love experimenting with teas.

Cranberry Pomegranate Tea (Green Tea by Lipton) or Stash brand Herbal Tea

Celestial Seasonings: Wild Berry Zinger, Black Cherry Berry, Country Peach Passion, etc.

Loose Tea in a Tea Ball

Loose Tea brewed in a "Teavana" Tea Pot

Black Pekoe Tea

The most common tea when you order ICED TEA in a restaurant is Black Pekoe Tea

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If I've helped in any way let me know. If that's not the way you make iced tea, I'd love to hear about it.

Have a different method for perfect iced tea? - Let me know your opinion and ideas!

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      5 years ago

      Aunt Mollie is a great tea lover (notice the tea cups)!

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      5 years ago

      love ice tea

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      6 years ago

      Sure thankful for good tea.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I love iced green tea with fresh lime, in fact I usually squeeze a whole lime into a glass, it's so refreshing.

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      7 years ago

      @Coffeebreak9am: Yeah, I've noticed some self-serve restaurants are starting to date and time stamp the containers, 4 hours out to replace.

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      7 years ago

      @LaineA: Hope it works out. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Amy Stephens 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      Love ice tea, we make it daily. We will have to try your method.

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      7 years ago

      Wow I have a large family that loves sweet iced tea! ( I prefer unsweetened iced green tea.) but we usually make it by the gallon pitcher...and keep it in the refrigerator, I had no idea about the four hour mold thing. Thank you for that information!

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      7 years ago

      @RickBasset: Thanks for the Squid Angel Blessing!! Hope your iced tea is perfect!

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      7 years ago

      I was looking for a recipe for ice tea as I've recently got hooked on tea. Your lens is just what I needed! Thanks!

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      7 years ago

      @sulcatamandy: I gave up sodas at the first of the year because I heard that without sodas you can lose 12-20 pounds a year. I didn't believe that nonsense, but i DO believe I've shed some inches because I've been consuming so many less calories from drinking sugary drinks. That sounds like a great recipe. We are in AZ part of the year and totally understand about never getting cold water!

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      7 years ago from Montana

      I recently gave up a pretty bad soda addiction, for Iced Tea. But being in AZ I brew it much different. 2 large Lipton tea bags to 1 qt of hot water (cause the water in AZ almost never gets cold unless its winter) set outside in sun for 2-4 hours (4-6 during the colder month). Pour into glass and add sugar if desired, then add a little ice to cool it down... I drink 2-3 qt a day... yikes :)

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      7 years ago

      @Ruthi: Thank you for the comment and the like. You're right about the 4 hour thing, I actually get sinus headaches after drinking old tea. Wish some restaurants would figure this one out.

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      7 years ago

      Great tea recipe lens! I so agree with throwing out the tea! I can actually smell the mold growing, I think, and over the years have learned the scent begins at about four hours, so I no longer brew tea by the pitcher unless it's for a crowd that will drink it immediately. For self, I brew just a glass or two at a time.


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