How to Make Iced Tea From Tea Bags

Elise Deming, RDN
Iced tea with lemon and ginger

Fresh, cold iced tea is a staple of any summer afternoon. However, this traditional drink doesn't necessarily require going to the store to buy it. Making home-brewed iced tea is simple, usually cheaper, and is a handy skill to have.

How Many Tea Bags for Iced Tea

No matter if you are making iced tea with a maker or by hand, it is useful to know how many tea bags you need to make the perfect strength iced tea. Recommendations differ depending on the source, however popular tea companies recommend the following to brew at home.

Adjust to Taste

The fun part of brewing tea at home is crafting it to your personal taste. If the tea you brew isn't strong enough, add another bag next time. If the tea you made is too strong, decrease the tea bags used in the recipe or water it down after brewing. Making tea at home allows you to be experimental and tailor the tea to your preferences.

Using an Iced Tea Maker

One of the simplest ways to make iced tea is by using an iced tea maker. These appliances are priced from about $15 and are simple to use. Enjoy one to three quarts of the refreshing brew in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients

Servings: 1 quart

  • 3 tea bags
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cup ice

Directions

  1. Place tea bags in the designated compartment.
  2. Pour water into the maker.
  3. Pour ice in the designated compartment.
  4. Press the "On" button and wait.
  5. The tea maker will automatically boil hot water, steep the tea, and drip it over ice.
  6. Once brewed, enjoy!

Making Iced Tea By Hand

A traditional and minimalist method of making iced tea is making it by hand. To do so, simply boil water, steep the tea bags in the hot water for around ten minutes, and refrigerate until cool. The best tea is made this way when cooled over ice and served with fresh lemon.

Ingredients

Servings: 1 quart

  • 3 tea bags
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup ice

Directions

  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour in a pitcher and steep 3 tea bags in the water.
  3. Pour 1 cup of ice into the tea.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until cool.

Adding Variety

Although most traditional iced teas are made with regular black tea, any tea variety can be used. You can also add extra ingredients for an extra flavor infusion.

Iced Tea Varieties

Flavored and herbal teas can add variety, delicious flavors, and maybe even some health benefits to your afternoon iced tea. Iced green tea can be very light and refreshing too. Some other great teas to try include:

  • Mint tea
  • Lemon tea
  • Jasmine green tea
  • Peppermint tea
  • Vanilla tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Pomegranate tea
  • Berry tea

Add Fruits and Herbs

Another way to add variety to your iced tea is to go beyond the lemon. Other fruits and herbs can be incorporated for flavor. Many fruits and herbs can also offer sweetness without needing to add sugar. Try some of the following in your next iced tea brew.

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Raspberries
  • Pomegranate
  • Peaches
  • Basil leaves
  • Mint leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger

Homemade Tea

Enjoying iced tea doesn't have to break the bank or be overly complicated. No matter how you make iced tea at home, creativity can go a long way to create a delicious and exciting beverage. Adding fruit, herbs, and utilizing different tea varieties can create wonderfully refreshing drinks.

How to Make Iced Tea From Tea Bags