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How to Make Iced Tea

Iced Tea is a summertime classic enjoyed on hot days across the country. It’s surprisingly easy to make and provides unmatched refreshment all summer long! Whether you are looking for a delicious drink for your BBQ or just need something on hand after a long day of working in the sun, we have the perfect recipe for you. The best part of this recipe is it can be customized to fit your unique tastes and preferences! Find our easy to make iced tea recipe below.


In this recipe, we will be making 8 cups of tea or a half gallon. Adjust your number of tea bags according to how much you would like to make. We use black tea for this recipe, but green and white tea can also be used.

  • 8 cups of water
  • 6 tea bags – you want 1-1/3 cup of water per tea bag
  • Sweetener if desired – we recommend granulated sugar, honey, maple sugar, berries, or artificial sweetener. ½ Cup of granulated sugar or artificial sugar, 4 tablespoons of honey or maple sugar, or 1 cup of berries.

This ratio can be adjusted to reduce or increase the strength of your brew.

Step 1: Simmer Half Your Water

You will want to start this recipe by bringing half of your water to a simmer. Tea is served best when brewed at its preferred temperature. For black tea, make sure your water reaches 200°F. For green tea, make sure your water reaches 180°F. White tea will need to reach 175°F before the next step.

Step 2: Steep Your Tea

Once your water has reached its desired temperature, steep your Revolution Tea bags for 4-9 minutes, depending on your desired strength. Once steeped, remove your tea bags.

Step 3: Dilute and Chill

In this step, you will be adding the additional water to help dilute the tea you have brewed. We recommend transferring your steeped tea to a pitcher at this point, as it will be easier to pour and mix. Refrigerate for 3+ hours or until chilled.

Step 4: Sweeten and Serve

If you are looking to sweeten your iced tea, you can add sweeteners like granulated sugar, honey, maple sugar, berries, or artificial sweetener.

If you are adding ice to your tea, it will be important to make it on the stronger side since the ice will dilute your tea.

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