How to Make Fast and Easy Iced Tea

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There are hundreds of iced tea variations, but whether you prefer to cool off with a creamy, fruity, or zesty chilled beverage, this article will definitely satisfy.

Check out our top four ways to make homemade iced tea with tea bags, and feel the heatwave disappear with each sip. 

Once you learn how simple iced-tea making is, you will never buy the store-bought kind ever again!

Four Different Ways to Make Iced Tea with Tea Bags

Black Iced Tea

Black iced tea is what we consider to be a standard iced tea, as black tea is the usual base for the iced kind. You can use any brand of black iced tea you want, but I really suggest you go with a good-quality one, as the difference in taste can be tremendous.

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And this is how you can make a standard iced-tea:

  1. Start by adding two cups of water to a pot or saucepan. Place over medium heat, and bring the water to a boil. The water temperature should be around 200 to 212 degrees F. You can also use a kettle for this purpose, although if using sugar, I’d suggest you stick to the saucepan method.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the sugar inside. For this amount, I use about 1/3 cup of sugar or so, but this really depends on how sweet you’d like your iced tea to be. Stir with a long spoon until dissolved.
  3. Immediately after the sugar has been dissolved, add the tea bags. Close the pot and allow to steep for about 5 minutes, making sure to follow the steeping instructions on the bag.
  4. After steeping the tea, discard the tea bags, and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before transferring to your pitcher. Let sit until it comes to room temperature, then add the remaining two cups of water. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve over ice and favorite add-ons. Enjoy!

Fruit-Infused Iced Tea

You can make a fruity iced tea with fresh fruit or fruit syrup.

  1. Start by preparing your standard iced tea, as described in the steps above. But this time, instead of waiting for the tea to come to room temperature and then diluting it with 2 cups of water, just add 2 cups of ice after the tea has been sitting for 10 minutes right after steeping.
  2. Add about 1 cup of fresh fruit slices and some honey, or just use the desired amount of fruit syrup. You can also choose to puree the fruit in a blender beforehand so that you end up with a creamy iced tea.
  3. Served in tall glasses filled with ice, and enjoy!

Vanilla Iced Tea

If you are into creamy beverages, you will definitely fall in love with this iced tea. The robust and somewhat bitter flavor of the black tea pairs perfectly with the subtle vanilla notes, resulting in a smooth and pleasing taste.

You can do this by using vanilla black tea bags or simply by adding vanilla extract to your regular tea. Let’s say go with the latter option:

  1. Brew 4 cups of black tea, as you would typically do.
  2. Discard the tea bags, and add the desired amount of vanilla extract to the pot. For 4 cups, I usually use about 1 teaspoon of extract. Let the tea sit for about 2 hours.
  3. Add about 2 tablespoons of milk to the tea, and pour over ice-filled glasses.
  4. Top the tea with a dollop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate indulgence. Enjoy!

Green Iced Tea

Instead of black tea, you can also use green tea to make iced tea. The taste will not be as earthy and robust, but there are a lot of reasons to go with green tea, as well. For starters, it is jam-packed with antioxidants and has incredible cleansing properties, which makes it the perfect beverage when you need to flush some toxins.

The method is the same as with the black iced tea:

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add 4 bags of green tea bags to the water, cover the pan, and let steep for about 5 minutes.
  3. Discard the bags, sweeten the tea at this point if desired, and allow the tea to sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Then, add 2 cups of cold water, stir to combine, and serve over ice. Enjoy!

10 Delicious Iced Tea Add-Ons

HoneyInstead of grainy sugar, choose a smooth and natural sweetener like honey

Simple Syrup – If you don’t want the sugar to sink at the bottom of the glass, use simple syrup instead

Lemon – Squeezing some lemon juice over or adding fresh lemon slices can add a refreshing kick to your tea

LemonadeAlso known as half-and-half or Arnold Palmer, lemonade and iced tea match perfectly

BerriesA colorful and tasty fruity taste boost

Herbs – Want to up the freshness? Just add a few mint leaves, some lavender, or rosemary sprigs to your tea

Frozen FruitExtra chilly and extra fruity, frozen chunks of fruit such as mango, melon, pineapple, peaches can really transform the taste

Extracts – Vanilla is not the only extract for tea. You can also choose rum, almond, coconut, or even a fruity flavor

Coconut MilkNutty, creamy, and naturally sweet, coconut milk is an excellent addition to any kind of tea

Spirits – Yup! Add some booze to the mix and make it a real party, people. Gin, rum, and bourbon are some great boozy add-ons

Why Should I Use Tea Bags?

Let’s be honest, loose leaf tea is better. Brewing whole leaves instead of crushed ones brings a lot more benefits, but we’re not making a herbal tea, guys. Isn’t it enough already that we need to wait for our brewed tea to cool a bit to make it iced? We don’t need to spend any more time straining and dealing with all the fuss. We need a chilly drink quick and fast. Tea bags are much more practical for iced tea, especially if you’re steeping for a crowd.

Conclusion

And there you go! A refreshing, tasty, and satisfying iced tea, prepared in no time but with heaps of love. Which one of the four methods is your favorite? We would love to hear all about your iced-tea adventures. Let’s stay in touch!

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