How To Make Homemade Iced Tea

Happy Food Friday! Have you ever wondered how to make homemade iced tea? I absolutely love the taste of a refreshing glass of iced tea on a hot summers day and I love it even more when I make it myself. Not only does homemade iced tea have less sugar and more flavor, it also is cheaper to make and can be made in minutes. I often prepare a large jug of iced tea, of different varieties, every week and it is always a hit.  I like being able to control the amount of sugar and caffeine that goes into the drink and its fun to create different flavor combinations.  My favorite thus far is the citrus mint blend that I found here on the Canadian Living website:


  • 6 bags of black or green tea
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh mint leaves
  • 3 slices of oranges
  • 3 slices of lemons
  • 3 slices of limes
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) boiling water
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 handful ice cubes


In large measuring cup or teapot, place tea bags, mint leaves and orange, lemon and lime slices; cover with boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain into large pitcher; add sugar and stir until dissolved. Serve over ice, or keep in the fridge to chill.