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How to Make Homemade Iced Tea

How to Make Homemade Iced Tea

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This step-by-step guide will show you exactly How to Make Homemade Iced Tea. Make it at home quicker, cheaper, healthier and exactly how you like it!

Once you learn How to Make Homemade Iced Tea at home, you will wonder why you ever lugged home heavy containers of it! The base directions are super simple and there are so many ways to make it your own.

I have always made my own tea but for many, many years used an iced tea maker.

When we moved last, it was packed away for months while we remodeled our kitchen. I mean totally tore. It. Up.

We could see through the floor—don’t fall through–into the basement and into the wall into the laundry room torn up. Yeah, it took a while.

While it was in the process of being done by my husband as he also worked his full-time job, we were operating with the refrigerator in the laundry room, freezer in the garage, and microwave and paper goods on a shelf/counter type area in the living room.

Whoever thought of putting everything in one room really was a genius!

Anyway, for a long time, I was doing without my regular old iced tea but it finally came down to really wanting it but there was no finding my iced tea maker.

I had to figure out how to make it without my machine. So, I did. And when I finally moved into my wonderful new kitchen and unpacked the boxes, I donated my iced tea maker. I like this way even better!


How to Make Homemade Iced Tea

Heat about 2 cups of water. I do mine in the microwave. See the safety note below. You can do it in a teapot, in a pan on the stove; however you like. The water does not need to be boiling; just good and hot like almost ready to boil. If it does boil, you can let it relax a minute or two before the next step.

water and tea bags

Add 6 regular sized tea bags. Here I am making green tea, our usual.

water and tea bags

Let steep for at least 30 minutes.

Squeeze tea and water from tea bags. Use two spoons if they are still hot so you don’t burn your fingers.

Now that the tea bags are removed, this is the point you will add sweetener if desired. See note on sweetener below.

squeezing tea bags between 2 spoons

Add the concentrated tea water to a gallon pitcher.

pouring concentrated tea into pitcher

Fill the pitcher with enough water up to the gallon mark.

pouring water into pitcher

If you want it to chill faster, add ice cubes along with the water. Just add a total of a gallon of water or water and ice.

For best results, chill in the refrigerator before serving. With plenty of ice, it can be served within 30 minutes of beginning the process of making the tea. You will just need a lot of ice. The melted ice will just turn to water, which is what the tea is anyway.

To add Sweetener

If you like your tea sweet, you will want to add the sweetener while the tea is still hot or at least very warm so it will dissolve. It is also best to do after the tea bags are removed so it doesn’t get lost in them.

When I add it, I do it right after I remove the tea bags and before I add the water and/or ice cubes. Stir it in until it is dissolved well.

If the tea has cooled too much, just warm it a bit again.

What Kind of Sweetener Can I Add?

Any kind of sweetener you like can be added! White sugar, cane sugar, stevia, swerve, honey.

What else have you used?

What other Kinds of Tea Can I Use?

This method works for black tea bags, green tea, decaffeinated tea and even loose tea. You will want to put loose tea in a tea ball or strain it.

I use 6 regular or small tea bags or 4 large tea bags for a gallon of water.

If you like your tea stronger or weaker, use more or less tea or brew it longer or shorter time. It won’t take you long to get it just the way you like it.

How to Safely Boil Water in the Microwave

There could be some danger to boiling water in the microwave if it is done too long or improperly. Water could become superheated and basically explode. If water is not overheated, heated in a microwave safe container and removed carefully, all should be well. If you would like to read an article with more information about it, read Can you boil water in a Microwave.

When is National Iced Tea Day?

National Iced Tea Day on June 10th so be sure you get some Iced Tea that day!

I also have a collection of 33 Iced Tea Recipes so you will have plenty of new and exciting recipes to choose from!

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Tuesday 7th of June 2022

I use fresh oranges and squeeze in it when I'm done it's excellent


Tuesday 7th of June 2022

That sounds delicious and like my orange honey tea. Yum!! :)