Quick & Easy Iced Tea

Want a super quick iced tea recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to make? This is it! An easy recipe that makes 2 quarts of perfect iced tea each and every time.

How to make iced tea

Iced Chilled Iced Tea

When I want iced tea fast, I make iced chilled tea.

Ice chilling tea takes less than 10 minutes and you get a refreshing and tasty drink that’s quick and easy to make.

How does ice chilling work? You make hot tea and cool it down in seconds using a ton of ice. It’s ready to drink right away.

  • No need to cool down the tea using the refrigerator, the ice does all the work.
  • Makes 2 quarts, which is 8 cups.
  • Easy clean up since it’s made with tea sachets.
  • Cool and refreshing iced tea made in 8 minutes.

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Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, since the iced tea is made with black tea which contains caffeine.

What are the different ways to make iced tea?
There are three ways to make iced tea: iced-chilled (the quickest way to make iced tea), hot brewed (making hot tea and cooling it down in the refrigerator), and cold brewed (brewed in cold water in the refrigerator for 12 hours).

Why are you using tea sachets instead of loose tea or tea bags?
Tea sachets make brewing and clean up easy and the quality is good. I avoid using tea bags since it contains the lowest quality tea. 

What are family sized tea bags? 
Also called iced tea pouches, family-size tea bags are made for 1 or 2 quart pitchers (4 or 8 cups).

Why is my iced tea cloudy?
When using a high temperature water to brew tea, a lot of tannins are released and that’s what can make the iced tea cloudy. 

How long can I keep my iced tea in the refrigerator?
4 days maximum. The quality goes down and it’ll taste off after that.

Can I make iced tea with green tea or white tea?
Yes! Black tea is what’s used for classic iced tea but feel free to experiment with other types of tea.

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Iced Tea Tips

  • The longer you brew the tea, the stronger it’ll get but it’ll also get more astringent and bitter. Don’t steep for more than 8 minutes to prevent this from happening. I found 5 minutes to be the sweet spot.
  • Sugar can be adjusted to taste. I like 2 tablespoons of sugar but if you like a sweeter tea, go with 3 or 4 tablespoons.
  • I’m using 10 teaspoons of tea for 8 cups since I expect the tea to be watered down once it’s served in cups with ice. If you don’t want a stronger tea, use 8 teaspoons of tea (4 tea sachets) for 8 cups.

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Iced tea recipe ingredients

What You’ll Need

basic iced tea

How to Make It

To make this 8 cup iced tea, you need a 2 quart pitcher with a leakproof lid that’s safe to use with boiling hot and icy temperatures.

You want to look for borosilicate glass or a BPA-free plastic.

STEP 1: Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer and turn off heat.

You can simmer water on the stovetop or in an electric kettle. Set the water temperature to 180°F when using the electric kettle.

Using boiling water causes the iced tea to turn cloudy so I use a lower water temperature.

Use filtered water if possible for the best tasting iced tea.

How to make iced tea

STEP 2: Put tea sachets into pitcher and add hot water.

For a 2 quart pitcher, use 5 tea sachets.

Instead of tea sachets, you can use 1 family-size iced tea pouch or 10 tea bags.

I’m using 10 teaspoons of tea for 8 cups since I want a strong brew since the iced tea will get watered down when it’s served in cups with ice.

I cut the paper tags off the ends of the sachets since I’m submerging the entire sachet in water.

STEP 3: Steep for 5 minutes then discard tea sachets.

STEP 4: Stir sugar into the hot tea until completely dissolved.

You can use any type of sugar you like. The smaller the sugar, the faster it’ll dissolve in the hot tea.

You can also use simple syrup, honey, maple syrup, or even date syrup.

Iced tea

STEP 5: Add ice to pitcher and close with leakproof lid. Shake for 15 seconds.

I just held both ends of the pitcher and just turned it upside down 15 times.

The ice will start melting right away, cooling the hot tea.

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iced tea recipe

STEP 6: Pour tea into cups with ice.

Optional: Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

 
 
Quick & Easy Iced Tea

Quick & Easy Iced Tea

Yield: Makes 8 cups (2 quarts)

Quick and easy iced tea in less than 10 minutes using the ice chill method.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer and turn off heat.
    You can simmer water on the stovetop or in an electric kettle. Set the water temperature to 180°F when using the electric kettle.
  2. Put tea sachets into pitcher and add hot water.
    I cut the paper tags off the ends of the sachets since I'm submerging the entire sachet in water.
  3. Steep for 5 minutes then discard tea sachets.
  4. Stir sugar into the hot tea until completely dissolved.
  5. Add ice to pitcher and close with leakproof lid. Shake for 15 seconds.
  6. Pour tea into cups with ice.
    Optional: Garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves.

Notes

Use a pitcher that's safe to use with drastic temperature changes from boiling hot to ice cold.

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2 Comments

  • Janel Dube
    4 months ago

    I made this as written minus any sweetener using 10 bags of Tazo Passion Tea. Fast & Excellent.

    • Oh, How Civilized
      4 months ago

      Hi Janel, wonderful!

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