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Tips for making iced tea

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Iced tea recipes & tips

On hot summer days, ice-cold flavored iced teas can be a refreshing treat. Go beyond traditional teas and create cool summer drinks by infusing them with fruit and herbs. Here are our top tips for making iced tea and three iced tea recipes featuring summer's freshest fruit and herbs.

Raspberry iced tea

Raspberry Iced Tea

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • 10 to 12 black tea bags
  • 3 cups raspberry flavored syrup
  • Granulated sugar, to taste
  • 4 cups cold water
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

Directions

  1. Pour boiling water over tea bags and let steep for at least 1 hour. Take tea bags out of tea.
  2. Pour syrup into tea and stir well. Taste to determine if more sugar is needed. If it is, stir in sugar 1 teaspoon at a time until desired sweetness is reached.
  3. Pour 4 cups of cold water into tea then chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with chilled raspberries.

Basil Mint Tea

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups mint leaves plus more for garnish
  • 1-1/2 cups basil leaves plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar plus more to taste
  • 6 quarts water
  • 10 to 12 black tea bags
  • 4 cups cold water

Directions

  1. Combine mint, basil, sugar and 2 quarts of water in a pot. Bring mixture to a boil and stir until a syrup is made. Strain mixture and reserve.
  2. Pour 2 quarts of boiling water over tea bags and let steep for at least 1 hour. Take tea bags out of tea. Pour syrup into tea and stir well. Taste to determine if more sugar is needed. If it is, stir in sugar 1 teaspoon at a time until desired sweetness is reached.
  3. Pour 4 cups of cold water into tea then chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with mint and basil leaves as garnish.

Iced Peach Tea

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts boiling water
  • 10 to 12 black tea bags
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cling peaches in juice
  • Granulated sugar, to taste
  • 4 cups cold water

Directions

  1. Pour boiling water over tea bags and let steep for at least 1 hour. Take tea bags out of tea.
  2. Pour juice from peaches into tea and stir well. Taste to determine if more sugar is needed. If it is, stir in sugar 1 teaspoon at a time until desired sweetness is reached.
  3. Pour 4 cups of cold water into tea then chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with fresh peach slices.

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