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Homemade Sweetened Iced Tea

Lightly sweetened, perfectly cold, there is nothing like Homemade Sweetened Iced Tea with fresh lemon for a refreshing drink in the summertime!

If you love drinks as much as I do, check out my Homemade Lemonade, Homemade Orangeade, or my Healthy Orange Julius.

homemade sweetened iced tea

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Summer is for drinking – all kinds of drinks. There's nothing like a cold glass of sweet goodness when it's hot outside. I use FGO Traditional Organic Iced Tea Pitcher Bags for this recipe. These are great to buy as they come with extra large tea bags specifically for brewing iced tea, so it makes it really easy! I use just a couple simple ingredients in this homemade Sweetened Iced Tea recipe – organic tea, organic cane sugar, water, and just a splash of organic cream (if you want!).

You can serve this tea plan over ice, or you can also add in a splash of cream. We've been loving the new Organic Valley Creamer and it is so good in this homemade Sweetened Iced Tea recipe! This addition makes for a creamy sweetened iced tea that is delicious. Grab the recipe below and make this homemade Sweetened Iced Tea recipe for your next barbecue.

homemade sweetened iced tea

Ingredients for Homemade Sweetened Iced Tea

FGO Traditional Organic Iced Tea Pitcher Bags

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Water

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Small Pot

homemade sweetened iced tea

How to Make Sweetened Iced Tea

Step 1

Add the tea bag and 2 cups boiling water into a pitcher, and allow tea bag to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bag.

Step 2

Add 1 cup water and the cane sugar into a medium saucepan, and heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add the water to the pitcher.

Step 3

Add the remaining 5 cups water to the pitcher. Place in the fridge to until chilled.

homemade sweetened iced tea

FAQ's

Can I use another kind of tea?

Yes, while I use a specific iced tea bag, you can also use traditional tea bags as well. If you are using traditional tea bags, you will need to use more as they are single serve compared to the iced tea bag that I used here. Use 8 regular sized tea bags to replace the one that I use in this recipe. You can use any kind you like, black tea, green tea… whatever you choose will be the flavor of the tea.

Can I make this unsweetend?

Yes, if you want to skip the sugar completely you can do that for an unsweetened tea.

Can I use less sugar?

Yes, if you want to use less sugar, you can half the amount of sugar in this recipe or use however much you like. I have not tested this with less sugar, but the recipe will work, it just won't be as sweet.

What can I serve this Homemade Sweetened Ice Tea with?

This recipe is great to serve for a brunch or afternoon snack. I love enjoying this Iced Tea with my Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies or Traditional Butter Pound Cake for an afternoon snack!

homemade sweetened iced tea

Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

homemade sweetened iced tea
homemade sweetened iced tea

Homemade Sweetened Iced Tea

Mimi Council
The ultimate summer iced tea recipe! This simple Sweetened Iced Tea recipe is one you'll want to make on repeat all summer long.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Makes 8 servings
Calories 82 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Add the tea bag and 2 cups boiling water into a pitcher, and allow tea bag to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bag.
  • Add 1 cup water and the cane sugar into a medium saucepan, and heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add the water to the pitcher.
  • Add the remaining 5 cups water to the pitcher. Place in the fridge to until chilled.
  • Add in lemon slices (optional) and save over ice. Add a splash of cream (optional)!

Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 21gFat: 0.1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 0.4mgSugar: 21gCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.01mg
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Homemade Sweetened Iced Tea

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy
Makes

8

servings

The ultimate summer iced tea recipe! This simple Sweetened Iced Tea recipe is one you'll want to make on repeat all summer long.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Add the tea bag and 2 cups boiling water into a pitcher, and allow tea bag to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bag.
  • Add 1 cup water and the cane sugar into a medium saucepan, and heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add the water to the pitcher.
  • Add the remaining 5 cups water to the pitcher. Place in the fridge to until chilled.
  • Add in lemon slices (optional) and save over ice. Add a splash of cream (optional)!

Notes

  • High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

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