How to Make Sweetened Iced Tea

Summer's perfect drink has been a favorite for generations. For best results, use whole-leaf loose tea and good water. This recipe makes about two quarts.

Tips for Making Iced Tea:

  • Any pot will work for making this recipe as long as it isn't cast iron or aluminum, which will react unfavorably with the tea.
  • Pouring the hot tea into the cold water helps keep the tea clear.


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 heaping tbsp. orange pekoe or black whole-leaf tea
  • 8 c. high-quality water
  • lemon slices or mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

How to Make Iced Tea:

  1. Place the sugar and half the water in a 2-quart serving jug and stir to dissolve the sugar, then chill.
  2. Bring the remaining water to boil in a nonreactive pot.
  3. Remove the water from the heat as soon as it boils and add the tea.
  4. Cover and steep for 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Strain the hot tea into the sugared water.
  6. Add lemon slices or mint sprigs if desired, or place them in serving glasses as a garnish.
  7. Fill serving glasses with ice and pour the tea in them to serve.

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