Kick back and relax with these cool, refreshing iced teas. 30 delicious recipes you can make at home from cold brewed iced tea to iced matcha lattes. All made from scratch with step-by-step directions.
Iced Tea at Home
Ice cold, thirst quenching, and so much healthier than soda, iced tea is the perfect summer drink.
With my recipes, you’ll get expert tips and step-by-step instructions on how to make iced tea at home from classic bubble tea to iced matcha lattes. These recipes not only taste delicious but will save you loads of $$$.
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Iced Tea Options
Cold brewing is the absolute best way to make iced tea. It’s delicious, smooth, and refined. It’s also the easiest method but it takes a few hours to make. Tea and water are combined and left to steep in the refrigerator. Takes about 6-12 hours to make, depending on the tea.
This method is quicker than making cold brew but it can make your iced tea cloudy and bitter if made incorrectly. Tea is brewed using hot water then cooled down. Takes about 1-2 hours to make.
This is the quickest way to make iced tea but you need a ton of ice. This can make make your iced tea cloudy and bitter if made incorrectly. Hot tea is made then cooled down quickly using ice. Takes less than 10 minutes to make.
Milk and Cream Options
Instead of pouring in milk into your iced tea, top your drink with cold foam! It’s super easy to make at home. Take cold milk or half & half, and put it in a French press and move the plunger up and down 40 times. Yup, it really works!
This is a decadent topping and tastes great with matcha or black tea. Cream froth is basically lightly whipped cream. Whisk together heavy cream and sweetener, using a handheld milk frother (my trick to making whipped cream fast and easy) until it thickens. Use flavored syrups to make the cream froth even tastier.
Sweetened condensed milk
This is my shortcut to making iced lattes quick since sweetened condensed milk is sugar and milk in one. It’s also a canned pantry item so it’s great if you run out of milk and want to add something creamy to your coffee or tea.
Half & half
Half & half is half heavy cream and half milk. It makes for a creamier milk option.
Any kind of milk that you like can be used in iced tea.
Tea Sommelier’s Tips
- It’s best to use simple syrup (liquid sugar) in iced tea, since it incorporates into the cold beverage the easiest. Simple syrup is easy to make at home. Just mix sugar and hot water in equal parts until the sugar dissolves.
- Any tea can be made iced from black tea to green.
- Don’t use tap water to make iced tea. The best tasting tea is made with the best tasting water. Use filtered water if you can.
- Iced tea can be made and kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Iced tea will get cloudy when too many tannins (astringent compounds) that are naturally in tea leaves, are released into the water. This happens when water is too hot during the tea brewing process. If you do get cloudy tea, just add some hot water into the iced tea to clear it up.
30 Iced Tea Recipes
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30 Refreshing Iced Tea Recipes + How to Make the Best Iced Tea
- Put tea and water in a pitcher or glass container. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.Use cool or room temperature filtered water. No need to boil any water to make cold brew tea. Use filtered water for the best tasting cold brewed tea.
- Strain out tea leaves.Use a mesh strainer if using loose tea or just take out the tea sachets or tea bags.
Cold Brewing Guide
- TEA: 1 ½ teaspoons loose black tea or 1 tea sachet or 1 tea bag
- WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
- WATER TEMPERATURE: Cold water
- STEEP TIME: 12 hours in the refrigerator
- Ice is optional since the tea is already chilled, but add ice to keep it colder for longer.
- Instead using a strainer, the easiest way to cold brew tea is in a since you can just take out the infuser instead of straining the tea into another container.
- Make and store your tea in Plastic tends to stain and leave behind odors.
- Keep cold brewed tea in constant rotation by starting a new brew 1-2 days after starting the first.
- Cold brewed tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.