Like real iced tea, but do you hate boiling the water and then waiting for the tea to cool? Try making it with hot tap water.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 quarts
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put tea bags in a 2 quart pitcher. Add hot water. Let sit at least 15 minutes. Add cold water and remove tea bags. refrigerate and serve over ice.

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Nutrition Facts

0 calories; protein 0g; carbohydrates 0g; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 0mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (32)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2005
well since this recipe isn't called southern iced tea i thought it was perfect according to ingredients. Iced tea just how i like it.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/08/2003
This was easy to make but still not as good as the traditional Southern method of boiling water with sugar. Added a cup of sugar as well. Read More
(35)
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2005
well since this recipe isn't called southern iced tea i thought it was perfect according to ingredients. Iced tea just how i like it.:) Read More
(35)
Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2003
This was easy to make but still not as good as the traditional Southern method of boiling water with sugar. Added a cup of sugar as well. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2003
This needs 1 cup of sugar added to it and it would be southern ice tea! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2010
This is very good for those who like UNSWEETENED iced tea and not southern sweet tea. I added a pinch of baking soda and served it over ice with a fresh slice of lemon - very refreshing. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2007
I've been making iced tea this way for a long time however I only use 4 teabags and I only steep it 4 minutes. It comes out perfect every time! People are always asking how I make my tea! Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
06/02/2006
Being from the south iced tea is a must with every meal as rice is with Chinese food. I don't think I have ever been able to brew tea with just hot tap water. I have had to boil it somehow...either in the microwave or on the stove. I have never heard of lead poisoning through hot tap water as the previous reviewer mentioned but I thank you Rosie for that peice of info. This is a very basic way of making iced tea and I don't think it matters how you get your water hot your tea will taste the same. Unless you go the southern way and let it sit in the sun all day! Eight tea bags is good for a large pitcher but I have also used 1 "family size" bag when I have them. Don't forget the sugar I add it right after the water has boiled so it dissolves instantly. Thanks for this simple recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2005
This was a great starter recipe. I made it with green tea and it was delicious though like others said i added sugar. Also instead of teabags I used loose leaf green tea. I only added about 3/4 cup of sugar and that was just the right amount to sweeten the drink but yet still let the flavor of green tea be the key taste. Sure beats the store boughten which is overloaded with sugar! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
Not everyone from the south likes sugar in their tea. I like unsweetened or with a touch of lemon. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2006
Make it all the time this way...easy and it works. Thanks for the post. Read More
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