Apricot Iced Tea

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Make a glass of fruity and brisk apricot iced tea with only 5 ingredients, including black tea and apricot juice.

Apricot Iced Tea in clear glass with straw.

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Homemade Apricot Iced Tea

Apricot juice and black tea are the main ingredients in this invigorating and fruity apricot iced tea.

When making an iced tea, the most important thing is to steep the black tea at the correct temperature and avoid brewing it for too long. This will keep the tea smooth, rather than bitter.

Any black tea works for this drink including English Breakfast tea or even Earl Grey. The apricot juice flavors the drink so it’s best to get apricot juice without added sugars for the best taste.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Apricot iced tea is a refreshing cold drink made with 5 ingredients, including black tea, apricot juice, sugar, water, and ice.
  • The black tea is steeped in hot water, then cooled down by the juice so there’s no need to chill it.
  • This quick and easy recipe makes 16 ounces (2 cups), but it can easily be doubled or tripled.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for Apricot Iced Tea measured out in cups and bowls.
  • Black tea: Tea bags or tea sachets make cleanup easy. You can also use loose tea but there’s no need to use high-quality tea to make this drink since the tea is mixed with other ingredients.
  • Apricot juice: Use 100% apricot juice that doesn’t contain any additional sugars or sweeteners.
  • Sugar: This drink is made with white sugar, but other sweeteners will work. You can take the sugar out completely if you want it less sweet.
  • Water: Use filtered water for the best tasting iced tea.
  • Ice: If possible, also make ice with filtered water.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Teapot with lid holding black tea bags and hot water.

Step 1: Put black tea bags and hot water into a teapot. Cover and steep.

Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting.

Wooden spoon stirring sugar into black tea in teapot.

Step 2: Discard tea bags. Add sugar and stir to combine.

Apricot juice being poured into teapot holding sweetened black tea.

Step 3: Pour apricot juice into the tea pot.

Apricot Iced Tea being poured into clear cup holding ice.

Step 4: Pour apricot iced tea into a cup with ice.

Tea Sommelier’s Notes

Steep the black tea properly.

Use the correct brewing time and temperature to steep the tea bags. The easiest way to do so is using an electric kettle with a temperature setting. If black tea is steeped for too long, it’ll become bitter and astringent.

Use tea bags, tea sachets, or loose tea.

Tea bags or sachets make cleanup easy and convenient but you can also use loose tea. Use 1 ½ teaspoons of black loose tea in place of 1 tea bag or sachet. For this recipe, you’ll need 1 tablespoon for each 16 ounce serving.

Make the iced tea ahead of time.

Apricot iced tea can be prepared in advanced and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. It’s best to combine the apricot juice and iced black tea right before serving.

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Expert Tips

  • Instead of white sugar, sweeten the iced tea with a flavored simple syrup.
  • Garnish the tea with fresh herbs like mint or basil.
  • This apricot iced tea can also be made with green tea instead of black tea. Use green tea bags in place of black tea bags.

Questions You May Have

What does apricot iced tea taste like?

Apricot iced tea is fruity and lightly sweet with a robust flavor from the black tea.

Is apricot iced tea caffeinated?

Since this recipe uses black tea, the resulting iced tea is caffeinated. Black tea contains a moderate amount of caffeine, about 47 milligrams per 8 ounce cup.

Can I use an apricot syrup?

Yes, it’s possible to combine the tea with an apricot syrup to make a similar tasting drink. Just be sure to leave out the sugar since the syrup is already sweetened.

Apricot Iced Tea in clear cup with ice.

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Apricot Iced Tea

By: Jee Choe
Make a glass of fruity and brisk apricot iced tea with only 5 ingredients!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

  • 2 black tea bags
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¾ cup apricot juice
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions 

  • Put black tea bags and ¼ cup of hot water into a teapot.
    Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Set water temperature to 195°F.
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.
    Don't steep for longer than 5 minutes since it'll make the tea bitter.
  • Stir in sugar until it dissolves. Pour apricot juice into the teapot.
  • Pour iced tea into a cup with ice.

Notes

  • Use 100% apricot juice that doesn’t contain any additional sugars or sweeteners.
  • Tea bags or sachets make cleanup easy and convenient but you can also use loose tea. Use 1 ½ teaspoons of black loose tea in place of 1 tea bag or sachet. For this recipe, you’ll need 1 tablespoon for each 16 ounce serving.
  • Apricot iced tea can be prepared in advanced and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. It’s best to combine the apricot juice and iced black tea right before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 136Carbohydrates: 34gProtein: 0.3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 30mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 2477IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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