How to Make Homemade Iced Tea

Store bought iced tea can have sooooo much added sugar and preservatives. Sometimes it can have even more sugar than pop #ApparentlyNotAHealthyOption! That’s why I’ve started making homemade iced tea. If I’m not drinking copious amounts of water or infused water, I’m drinking homemade iced tea. Not only is it so much better for you, but it’s fun to try out different combinations of tea and infused simple syrup. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for homemade iced tea tips!

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Homemade Iced Tea Recipe



  1. Scoop loose leaf tea into water (2 tsp per cup of water).
  2. Let steep in fridge for at least 4 hours.
  3. Strain tea leaves out of iced tea.
  4. Add simple syrup to taste. I like to add 1/2 tbsp per cup of water.

Tired of your homemade iced tea turning out too bitter, not sweet enough, or just not flavourful enough? Try my full proof way of making the perfect glass of homemade iced tea. Bonus peppermint simple syrup recipe!


  • Use higher quality tea for better taste. I find I get a much tastier tea when I use loose leaf tea compared to Tetley bagged tea.
  • Use twice the recommended amount of tea per cup of water. Usually it’s recommended to use 1 tsp, but if it recommends more or less, double that amount.
  • You will not get a bitter taste if you leave the tea leaves in for longer. Feel free to let it steep overnight.
  • Use an infused simple syrup for a tastier homemade iced tea. Try my peppermint simple syrup recipe.
  • Play with different tea and infused simple syrup recipes.
  • Make a large batch and store in the fridge to drink throughout the day.
  • Spruce up with ice cubes that have berries or herbs frozen in them.
  • Garnish with fruits or herbs.

There ya have it, your go to recipe for a perfect glass of homemade iced tea. Fair enough, this might not be perfect for you, but I find it hits the perfect balance of flavour and sweetness without getting too bitter. I’ve tried making a small amount of warm tea, mixing in sugar, then adding cold water and ice, but it just doesn’t cut it for me. I’d love to hear what your favourite kind of iced tea or healthy summer drink is. Please leave me a comment below.

xo Jannine

By |2017-08-09T17:50:28+00:00August 9th, 2017|Food, Happy|28 Comments


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  2. Astrid August 10, 2017 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Need to try this recipe. Ice tea is my favorite

    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

      If you love iced tea, you’ll love this method of making it!
      xo Jannine

  3. Cara Newhart August 10, 2017 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Growing up southern meant mastering good homemade sweet tea was a must! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo, Cara

    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

      I’m sure you have some great sweet tea recipes!
      xo Jannine

  4. Emily Soto August 10, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I love iced tea! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Iced tea is so great for summer!
      xo Jannine

  5. Liz August 10, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I’ll have to make this for my boyfriend. He loves iced tea!

    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

      I hope he loves it!
      xo Jannine

  6. Mandy August 10, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

    This looks so refreshing !! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

      It is!
      xo Jannine

  7. Jana August 10, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Yumm!!! This looks so good. I love fresh iced tea! xo Jana |

    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Fresh iced tea is so great for summer!
      xo Jannine

  8. Shruthi August 10, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Delicious! Works great with summer evenings!

    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

      It so does!
      xo Jannine

  9. Ilse August 10, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I love tea! Totally trying this recipe! Thank you!

    xo, Ilse

    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

      I hope you love it!
      xo Jannine

  10. Caitlin | Beauty & Colour August 10, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Sounds so yummy Jannine!

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    • Jannine August 11, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Thank you Caitlin 🙂
      xo Jannine

  11. Debbie Savage August 11, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Great food pictures and looks so refreshing!
    xo Debbie |

    • Jannine August 14, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Thanks Debbie!
      xo Jannine

  12. fashncurious2 August 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I usually make sorrel /hibiscus tea. So yummmmmmy! Thank you for that peppermint idead

    • Jannine August 14, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

      I love hibiscus tea, that sounds awesome!
      xo Jannine

  13. LaToya C August 12, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    This sounds great! Definitely trying!

    • Jannine August 14, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Thanks LaToya, I hope you enjoy!
      xo Jannine

  14. Isn't That Charming September 4, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Yummy! This recipe sounds delicious.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  15. Ifeoluwa September 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    This is so refreshing and relaxing! Can’t wait to try it

    • Jannine September 25, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Thanks, I hope you like it!

      xo Jannine

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