Rating: 4.52 stars
151 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 95
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

This iced tea is fabulous - it tastes like the brand names!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan, heat water to a rapid boil. Remove from heat and drop in the tea bags. Cover and let steep for 1 hour.

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  • In a large pitcher, combine the steeped tea and the sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate until chilled.

Nutrition Facts

76 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 20.1g; sodium 0.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (151)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
Try adding the sugar during the boiling stage of the water; very smooth results. Our family has made iced tea like this since I was a child. Read More
(108)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/08/2003
I love iced tea, but I found this to be a little tart, like a cross between iced tea and lemonade. I would recommend reducing the amount of lemon. Read More
(60)
151 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 95
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
Try adding the sugar during the boiling stage of the water; very smooth results. Our family has made iced tea like this since I was a child. Read More
(108)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I didn't have the orange pekoe tea available and used regular tea bags. It turns out great...very refreshing! Great for BBQs! Read More
(66)
Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2003
I love iced tea, but I found this to be a little tart, like a cross between iced tea and lemonade. I would recommend reducing the amount of lemon. Read More
(60)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2005
I use 5 regular individual sized tea bags (liptons) or 3 family sized in 2qts of water. I steep for only 5 - 10 minutes. This helps the sugar dissolve easier since it is added when it is verh hot. I then add 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar and omit the lemon. Hey I live in Southern USA we don't call it "Sweet Tea" for nuthin'! lol! I serve with lemon slices when I have them. I have an abundance of mint out in the yard that I gather and wash and then pour the tea over a sprig of it in the summertime. Ahhhhh:-) Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I adjusted this recipe a little - I used 5 tea bags, the whole amount of sugar, and half the lemon. It was still a little too sour, so I added lots of ice cubes and a little more sugar. After this adjustment, it was really yummy - tasted like the bottled kinds you buy in the store! Very easy to make. Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2010
Great recipe for iced tea! I love the flavor you get from using the orange pekoe tea bags! I added 1/4 tsp. of baking soda (a little tip I picked up from another recipe to cut out the bitterness) I cut up some fresh lemons and fresh oranges and added them to the tea as well. Very refreshing! Read More
(39)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I'm a huge ice tea fan and i spend a lot of money on the powered mixes. This way is a lot better for you and it tastes great. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
Easy to make. Tastes great. You can try a variation with green tea. Excellent! Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
This stuff was great. I only used half the amount of lemon juice because that was all I had but it was a big hit. Read More
(25)