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Summer is the perfect time to sit and relax with a refreshing glass of iced tea. And because the best iced tea recipes highlight summer seasonal ingredients, it’s a special way to drink local and celebrate the season all in one sitting.
These homemade recipes are a great alternative to overly sugary drinks from the grocery store and yet many can also be used to satisfy a sweet craving.
No matter what kind of tea you enjoy most, you’re sure to find something new and inspiring in this list of summertime tea recipes.
Types of Tea
There are a number of different ways to brew your tea for cold beverages:
Start with hot tea: Brew an extra strong hot cup of tea, at least double strength of your favorite tea using boiling water. Let that steep, strain, then cool or pour over ice cubes to enjoy.
Sun Tea is the old-fashioned favorite: Place your tea in a clear glass jar and fill with water. Put the jar somewhere sunny to slowly steep as the sun heats the water. When it has reached desired strength, strain and enjoy over ice. Keep unused tea in the refrigerator to enjoy tomorrow.
Cold Brew Tea: Place your tea in a jar with cold water. Put the jar in the refrigerator overnight (6 to 12 hours is great), strain and enjoy over ice or cold from the fridge.
One is not a better way than another, it’s truly a matter of preference and each may give a slightly different flavor. Experiment to find the way you like it best.
To Sweeten or Not
Some of us are fans of unsweetened iced tea and others can’t imagine it without some sugar. Go with your personal preference.
Most sweeteners will not dissolve in cold water, however. Make yourself a simple syrup to sweeten cold drinks instead.
A simple syrup is indeed quite easy – simply mix equal parts sugar and water and boil until the sugar is dissolved. Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge.
Add flavor to the simple syrup by cooking it with herbs or fruits.
The great thing about having a jar of simple syrup in the fridge means everyone can sweeten or not to their own level.
Use these simple and tasty recipes to switch up your cold beverage routine on the hottest days of summer.
When the hot weather hits many of turn to simple iced black tea to find some tasty and cooling relief. These recipes start with classic black tea and then get creative and delicious with additional seasonal ingredients.
This sweet tea recipe is quick, easy, and refreshing. Enjoy this drink all summer long by the pool, for brunch or dinner, with your family or friends. You can easily double the quantities to accommodate a big group!
This refreshing strawberry sweet tea is made with 4 simple ingredients (plus water) and is the perfect cold drink made for hot summer days. It is so easy to enjoy our home-brewed version of the classic Southern iced tea recipe, even when you’re not from the South
Sweet and refreshing, this homemade version of Hong Kong Iced Tea, featuring oolong tea, is so easy to make with a few simple ingredients. Just like what you’d get at a Hong Kong cafe, this lemon iced tea is the perfect drink with any meal!
Thai iced tea is almost dessert in a glass - it's cold and sweet and creamy and all kinds of perfect for enjoying on the porch. This recipe skips the processed mix and starts with black tea bags and finishes with sweetness and spice.
This recipe is written to use blueberries but you could likely substitute any local berries you can find, a mix would also be quite lovely and a delicious way to enjoy the delicate sweetness of summer's berries.
Combine your favorite green tea leaves with seasonal herbs and fruits for a refreshing iced tea recipe.
Does anything say summer more than fresh, sweet watermelon? Savor that gorgeous melon by pureeing it with basil leaves and adding matcha green tea for a refreshing, herbaceous and naturally sweet iced tea!
A homegrown mint patch is a never ending source of tea and thankfully there is no shortage of ways to use it. This Sweet Moroccan Mint tea comes together when green tea is poured over fresh peppermint leaves.
Rooibos is a South African herbal tea which has loads of heath benefits, pair it with fresh raspberries and mint and you've got a refreshing drink to cool you down. This Iced Rooibos Tea contains no caffeine, and can even help to relieve stress.
Boba fans will love this Orange Blossom Honey Bubble Tea Recipe to make your own tea at home – complete with tapioca pearls! It combines chamomile tea with almond milk and is sweetened with tapioca pearls in orange blossom honey.
Make yourself an iced adult drink perfect for the summer months with these teas combined with liquors for a new favorite drink.
This iced green tea is flavored with mint, lemon and honey and spiked with vodka for a delicious ice cold pitcher cocktail. Quick and easy to make, this healthier cocktail is wonderfully light and a great summer sipper.