How to Make the Perfect Basic Iced Tea at Home (It’s so easy!)

What tea is used for iced tea?

My pitcher holds 8 cups, so I warmed up 2 cups of water.

Use a tea kettle or a plain old pot on the stove.

If you are using individually wrapped tea bags, unwrap them and remove any strings or paper attached to the bags and place them in a heat proof container like a heavy duty glass measuring cup.

You’ll want one teabag for every 8 ounces of water your final container holds.

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If you prefer to use loose tea, scoop 1 level teaspoon of tea for every 8 ounces of water your container holds.

Put the loose tea in a heat proof container like a large metal or glass measuring cup.

Set a timer in your kitchen based on the kind of tea you chose.


If you aren’t sure, check the packaging. If it says “Darjeeling” or “Oolong”, those are kinds of black teas. If it doesn’t say, go with the time for black tea.

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This iced tea recipe works for any type of tea! 

Printable Simple Iced Tea Recipe


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