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This Homemade Iced Tea made with only 10 minutes of prep using green or black tea, sugar, and water is sweet and refreshing — a perfect summer drink. |

Homemade Iced Tea

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


There’s nothing quite like sipping on a cold glass of Homemade Iced Tea when the weather starts to heat up. With a touch of lemon, this chilled green or black tea is sweet and refreshing — a perfect pick-me-up during the warmer months.


  • 3 cups water 
  • 3 tablespoons loose leaf tea (or 4 tea bags), black or green tea
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 3-4 cups cold water (to dilute)
  • lemon slices (optional, for serving)
  • ice (optional, for serving)


  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea (or tea bags) and let it steep according to package directions (approximately 5 minutes). Once brewed, strain out the tea leaves or remove the tea bags. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  2. Transfer the tea into a large pitcher and add cold water to your desired taste. 
  3. Refrigerate until the iced tea cools completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. Serve with lemon slices and ice, if desired.


How to store: Add a lid to your pitcher of iced tea (or seal with plastic cling wrap) and store in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours (or up to 24 hours if refrigerated immediately). I recommend only making enough to drink in the same day or freeze for later.

How to freeze: If you can’t drink all your homemade iced tea in one day, freeze the leftovers by pouring it into an ice cube tray and freezing uncovered until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag or other freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. To thaw, place the ice cubes in a pitcher and store in the fridge until melted.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Steep
  • Cuisine: American