I grew up drinking iced tea, sweetened with sugar. Not the instant kind made from a powder that smelled strange and had a fake lemon aftertaste but actual iced tea that you brewed. Not sun tea either although my mom had tried that a few times early on but then stuck to regular iced tea.
My mom even had a Mr. Coffee iced tea maker for a while but to be honest I was never really down with it. It worked alright but it didn’t make things any easier really. Making iced tea isn’t something that is very hard or time consuming.
When Scott and I first moved in together, our iced tea worlds collided. He comes from an Instant Family so you can see how we would have butted heads. I couldn’t get over someone liking a “fake” tea spawned from a powder containing lord knows what, when I could make iced tea that had three ingredients: Tea, water, sugar.
Eventually his addiction to powdered tea phased out and now he’s converted to proper iced tea. I tell myself this is a result of his ever developing palate and not due to the fact that I finally declared that, “I’m not buying that stuff anymore.” I’m pretty sure it’s the first scenario.
Making iced tea is really simple! And it can be a great beverage to have on occasion and especially handy when entertaining guests. Plus, tea is really versatile and you can make so many different kinds!
Andrea’s Basic Iced Tea
- 6 tea bags (like Lipton or your choice of whatever)
- 2 Quarts boiling water
- 1/2C Cane sugar
- 1 gallon glass pitcher
- Extra water
Either in your gallon pitcher or another glass container, add the tea bags and cover with boiling water. Allow to steep for at least half an hour. Remove tea bags and add the sugar, stir. If you are not using the gallon pitcher for steeping the tea bags, then pour the tea into that at this point. Top off with cold water until the gallon pitcher is full.
Chill, serve over ice, and enjoy!
When I say that tea is versatile, I mean that with this basic recipe you can change it up to suit your tastes! Maybe you like green tea, use those instead. Like mint tea? Use half regular tea bags and half peppermint tea bags.
For fruit teas, the same half and half rule applies with using your favorite fruit tea or herbal tea blend.
Only have loose leaf teas? Use a tea infuser!
Fresh fruit can be added to iced tea for some extra flavor and punch. Even fruit juices can be added to teas!
Fresh herbs can be added to tea for a savory or minty background note.
Want a stronger tea? Just use more tea bags and steep for a bit longer.
I love iced tea most especially in the summer. It’s a great drink to have as you’re sitting on the back patio enjoying a quiet moment or a tending to the grill.
Are you an iced tea drinker? What is your favorite kind of ice tea? A Long Island Iced Tea doesn’t count!