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.
Iced Chilled Iced Tea
When I want iced tea fast, I make iced chilled tea.
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.
TO MAKE 2 QUARTS (8 CUPS)
TEA: 5 tea sachets
WATER: 4 cups + 5 cups of ice
WATER TEMPERATURE: 180°F
STEEP TIME: 5 minutes
Questions You May Have
Yes, since the iced tea is made with black tea which contains caffeine.
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).
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.
Also called iced tea pouches, family-size tea bags are made for 1 or 2 quart pitchers (4 or 8 cups).
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.
4 days maximum. The quality goes down and it’ll taste off after that.
Yes! Black tea is what’s used for classic iced tea but feel free to experiment with other types of tea.
Iced Tea Tips
- Don’t steep tea for more than 5 minutes. The longer you brew the tea, the more astringent and bitter it’ll get.
- If you don’t want a stronger tea, use 6 tea sachets instead of 5.
- 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.
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What You’ll Need
- Assam black tea sachets
- Filtered water
I use these silicone ice cube trays.
- Optional garnish: Sliced lemons and mint
- 2 quart pitcher made for ice chilling tea
- Electric kettle
To boil water to the right temperature for 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. Look for borosilicate glass or a BPA-free plastic.
STEP 1: Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer and turn off heat.
Simmer water on the stovetop or use 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.
STEP 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.
STEP 3: Steep for 5 minutes then discard tea sachets.
STEP 4: Stir sugar into hot tea until completely dissolved.
Use any type of sugar you like. The smaller the sugar, the faster it’ll dissolve in the hot tea.
STEP 5: Add ice to pitcher and close with leakproof lid. Shake for 15 seconds.
You can hold both ends of the pitcher and just turn it upside down 15 times.
The ice will start melting right away, cooling the hot tea.
STEP 6: Pour tea into cups with ice.
Optional: Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.
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Quick & Easy Iced Tea
- Simmer water.Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer and turn off heat. Simmer water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle. Set the water temperature to 180°F when using the electric kettle.
- Put tea sachets in pitcher and add hot water.Cut paper tags off the sachets and submerge the entire sachet in water.
- Steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea sachets.
- Stir sugar into hot tea until completely dissolved.Use any type of sugar you like. The smaller the sugar, the faster it'll dissolve in the hot tea.
- Add ice to pitcher and close with leakproof lid. Shake for 15 seconds.You can hold both ends of the pitcher and just turn it upside down 15 times. The ice will start melting right away, cooling the hot tea.
- Pour tea into cups with ice.Optional: Garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves.
- Use a 2-quart pitcher that's safe to use with drastic temperature changes from boiling hot to ice cold. Look for borosilicate glass or a BPA-free plastic.
- Using boiling water causes the iced tea to turn cloudy so use a lower water temperature.
- Filtered water makes for a better tasting iced tea than tap water.