How to make iced tea
Basic iced tea recipe
- 6 tea bags
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- 3 small lemons, 2 juiced and 1 sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- small bunch mint
- ice, to serve
- Pour 1.5 litres boiling water over the tea bags, then stir in the sugar and honey. Leave to infuse for 10 mins, then strain and transfer to the fridge to chill.
- Pour the chilled tea into a large jug, then stir in the lemon juice, lemon slices, mint and orange slices. Fill the rest of the jug with ice and stir very well.
- To serve, pour the iced tea into tall glasses with lots of ice.
How to sweeten iced tea
Iced tea is often sweetened simply with sugar or runny honey. It’s stirred into the hot tea to dissolve, and then the tea is chilled. Sugar syrups can also be used; a simple sugar syrup is easy to make, and just requires water and caster sugar. Make up a batch and store it in a bottle, so you have some on hand to add a little at a time to a jug of iced tea. Basic sugar syrup recipe
- Tip 300g caster sugar into a saucepan with 150ml water.
- Simmer until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool before transferring to a sterilised bottle.
- Store in the fridge.
How to flavour iced tea
HerbsA simple but effective way to add extra aromatics to your iced tea. Herbs that work well include mint, basil and lemon thyme. You could also try kaffir lime leaves. Just avoid herbs that are solely savoury, such as coriander and chives.
A fresh sprig of elderflower can pep up a simple iced tea. Submerge a large handful into your iced tea and leave it to infuse as the tea cools down. Alternatively, add a good glug of elderflower cordial to the tea before you add any sweetener.
Sliced peaches and apricots, fresh berries and citrus fruits all compliment tea well. You could also add chopped cucumber for a refreshing taste.
For an adults-only version of iced tea, add some shots of your choice of alcohol. A spiced rum, Pimm’s or gin would all work well. Simply add to your iced tea after it’s been chilled.
Our top iced tea recipes
1. Easy iced tea
Start off with a classic summer refresher with our easy iced tea recipe. Lemon, orange and mint are added to the classic tea base for a simple crowdpleaser.
2. Pimm’s iced tea
Our boozy Pimm’s iced tea is the perfect summer thirst-quencher for parties. Mix up a jug filled with ice, mint and a citrus tea to balance the sweetness of the drink. It’s a great drink to enjoy in the garden when the weather gets warmer.
3. Peach iced tea
When peaches are in season in the summer, make the most of them in this juicy peach iced tea. Fresh peaches are cooked down in sugar to infuse the tea with fruity flavour and make a sweet syrup, with more fresh fruit to garnish.
4. Orange and rosemary iced tea
Herbs are a great way to add flavour to iced tea. Fragrant rosemary infuses with orange as the base sugar syrup in this recipe for a sweet but earthy iced tea that works all year round.
5. Pink gin iced tea
For a boozy twist on iced tea, try this pink gin iced tea recipe. Pink gin and rum combine with fragrant chamomile tea and elderflower for a fun summer cocktail to share.
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