Homemade Iced Tea


  • Makes4 servings

When summer hits, hydration is the name of the game. If iced tea is your family's preferred thirst quencher, instead of reaching for a can, try DIY:


  • 4 cups boiling water

  • 8 tea bags

  • pure fruit juice, honey, maple syrup, peach slices or berries

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar, (optional)


  • In a teapot or large measuring cup, pour boiling water over tea bags (or to taste). Let it steep 5 minutes for black tea, up to 15 for herbal. Remove bags, allow to cool, transfer to a tempered glass pitcher and refrigerate.

  • Sweeten lightly with juice, honey, syrup, fruit slices or berries. If you prefer granulated sugar, go easy (see measurement above).

  • Tip: Try decaf. Choose kid-friendly, fruity herbal blends like lemon or raspberry. Rooibos (red) tea is rich in antioxidants and naturally caffeine-free.

This article was originally published on Jun 01, 2009

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