Homemade Iced Tea

I love tea.  It is at the root of who I am.  My paternal grandparents used to give me tea all the time growing up.  “Tea time” was everyday at 4:00 PM after school.  To this day, I cannot make a cup of tea without thinking of my grandmother.  There is something so soothing and relaxing about it.  I love to heat up the water in the kettle, letting the tea bags steep, waiting for it to be just the write temperature, cradling the warm cup between your hands and letting the steam hit your face.  So naturally in the summer, I decided to make homemade iced tea.  Store bought iced tea doesn’t do it for me.

This homemade iced tea recipe is very simple to do.  Yes, you can go out and buy the Nestea mixture and scoop powder and add water.  There is just something so delicious and rewarding about this recipe.  I encourage you to try it at least once this summer.  Maybe it is the hard work of making it, or the anticipation for when it cools down, but it is worth the wait.  It took me awhile to perfect this recipe, to have the perfect and have the right blend of tea, sugar and lemon.

At Home With the O'Neil's Home Made Iced TeaIngredients:

  • Water
  • 5 Tea Bags
  • 1 Whole Lemon
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  1. Boil water in a tea kettle.
  2. As the water boils place 5 teabags in pitcher or carafe.
  3. Slice 1 lemon in half.
    1. Place one half of the lemon to the side.
    2. Cut the other half into thin slices.
  4. Once the water has boiled, pour into carafe with tea bags. You may need to boil water twice to fill the pitcher.
    Tip:  While the second round of water boils, I add the lemon and sugar.
  1. Add sugar.
  2. Take the untouched half of the lemon and squeeze the juice into the iced tea.
  3. Stir the iced tea mixture.
  4. Then float the lemon slices.
  5. Top iced tea off with rest of the boiling water.
  6. Let tea bags steep for 10-15 minutes then remove.
  7. Once all tea bags have been removed, stir once again.
  8. Let iced tea cool on counter or place in refrigerator.  Since I use a glass carafe, I let it cool for about an hour and then place in the fridge.
  9. You are ready to serve your delicious Homemade Iced Tea.

At Home With the O'Neil's Home Made Iced Tea

It is a bit of a process, however this tea NEVER lasts long in our home.  And it is SO GOOD!  Let me know what you think after you make a batch!

The carafe I use is 84 Ounces (fl oz) or 2.48418 Liters (L).  This post contains affiliate links.

Comments (7)

  1. Samantha

    There is nothing better than a nice cold glass of iced tea during the summer (or really anytime), I’ll have to try out your recipe.

  2. Jeannine (Post author)

    I agree Samantha. I had a busy day driving around and I couldn’t wait to come home and pour myself a nice cold glass of iced tea!

  3. Lux Ganzon

    So refreshing! Badly needed this summer. 🙂

  4. Jeannine (Post author)

    I agree Lux! Desperately needed! I hope you enjoy the Iced Tea and the summer!

  5. Ashley Alteman

    My husband is an ICED TEA FANATIC! I swear there are at least 15 charges on our bank statement a week for 98 cents from the McDonalds drive through for his iced teas. lol. I should try making some for him to take with him each work day LOL

  6. Jeannine (Post author)

    Ha ha! Ashley you better be ready to rock his world. It is pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself. It is a bit of a process, but SO GOOD!! I am thinking this may be a great (and reasonable) Father’s Day present from Barb Marley (plus whatever else she has up her sleeve!)

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