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30 Refreshing Iced Tea Recipes + How to Make the Best Iced Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Step-by-step instructions on how to make the best iced tea -- cold brew it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 2 mins
Course Drinks
Yield2 servings



  • 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.)
  • 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 cold brew maker since you can just take out the infuser instead of straining the tea into another container.
  • Make and store your tea in glass containers. 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.


Calories: 1 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Calcium: 7mg
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