Perfect Homemade Iced Tea

Perfect Homemade Iced Tea

This home-brewed sweet tea is a refreshing sip of summer.


4 servings


  • 4 cups water, cold
  • 4 to 6 tea bags (or 4 to 6 teaspoons loose tea), depending on strength
  • ice cubes
  • 4 to 8 tablespoons C&H® Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar or C&H® Granulated Sugar, to taste
  • 1 fresh lemon (optional garnish)


In a 1 1/2 quart pan or tea kettle, over high heat, bring fresh, cold water to a full rolling boil. Pour over tea in heat-proof pitcher or container; stir briefly. Allow to steep 3 to 4 minutes, or until desired strength.

Remove tea bags or strain tea into a separate container; cool. To serve, pour into 4 glasses over ice. Stir 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar into each glass, according to individual taste. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.


Homemade iced tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.