Basic Iced Tea

Basic Iced Tea

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 20 min
  • Serving: 8 servings

Make your own iced tea with either black or green tea, taking care to note that green tea has a more delicate albeit slightly bitter flavor.


  • 12 tea bags of any good-quality black tea
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 8 cups simmering water
  • Ice
  • Rich Simple Syrup (optional)


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the lemon peel in strips being careful to avoid the white pith as much as possible.
  2. Place the peel in a heatproof pitcher along with the tea bags, and then pour in the boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes before removing and discarding the tea bags.
  3. Sweeten the mixture with some simple syrup to taste and then place in the refrigerator to chill. Serve in glasses filled with ice and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint.

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