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Iced Sweet Tea

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts of tea 1x


Iced Sweet Tea - the perfect drink on a hot summer day.


  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 family size tea bags "for iced tea" (or five regular tea bags)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Water to fill pitcher to 2 quarts (About 6.5 cups)


  1. Boil 1.5 cups water: Bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil.
    *This is where the electric kettle really helps - it takes less time to boil the water than it does to get the rest of the ingredients together.
  2. Steep the tea for 2 hours: Put the tea bags and sugar in your 2 quart pitcher. Pour in the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Let steep for at least 1/2 hour, and preferably 2 hours.
  3. Add water to 2 quarts: Remove the tea bags, and squeeze any remaining tea out of them. Add water to the pitcher to bring it up to 2 quarts. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Serve in a glass full of ice. (A lemon wedge is good, too.)


Southerner style: use 1/2 cup sugar. Or "keep pouring until it feels right."

Yankee style: skip the sugar. (Yes, it's bitter. It builds character.)

Luzianne or Red Rose teas are traditional, but I prefer the taste of Lipton. But…Lipton family size tea bags cost twice as much as Luzianne at my local grocery store. Luzianne it is!


  • Electric Kettle (optional, but it makes boiling water quick and easy.  I have this one.)
  • 2 quart pitcher
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Appetizers and Drinks
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: American