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How to Make Iced Tea with Tea Bags

Iced tea is a popular delicious drink especially during summertime when the sun’s scorching heat seems to melt us. It can be as satisfying as your carbonated drink but without ill benefits because tea is a lot healthier and cheaper. If you want to take an even healthier route, herbal tea on ice is a good alternative.

Many people prefer to use loose leaves for their tea preparations but there are some who make iced tea from tea bags commonly available in groceries for convenience and cost-efficiency. How is this perfect drink for a hot weather prepared? Find out how to make the perfect cup here, and if you want you can even use our black tea and put them into bags for easier brewing later on the go.

Personalizing your brewed teas

Different people have different styles in coming up with this beverage, all resulting to a refreshing and healthy drink but it’s all as easy as A-B-C.

Iced tea from tea bags can be done by preparing tea through the traditional method of brewing water in a kettle. Best measure would be 1 teabag for 1 cup of water. Leave the tea bags to steep for five to ten minutes and remove.

Steps to brewing tea with teabags

Check the color and taste while allowing tea bags to steep to get the desired strength within the recommended time, so that it comes out just the right flavor for your taste. 8 tea bags to 2 quarts of water already make a strong concentrate. Use this as a guide and adjust accordingly.

Add lemon or sugar to create a more delicious flavor and then allow the tea to cool down. Add cold water to create the right consistency and cool the drink faster.  Once you get the flavor of your preference, store in a glass air tight container and put the drink inside the refrigerator to cool and add ice to chill.

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a variety of tea bags

Remember not to put the drink inside the refrigerator when it is still hot as it can make the tea turn cloudy. Using hard water can also cause tea to become cloudy.

Iced tea from tea bags can also be prepared by using ‘cold brew’ tea bags. Iced tea can be easily done from these tea bags by just pouring cold water over ‘cold brew’ tea bags and allow to steep for over five minutes for best-taste. You can add sugar or honey as preferred and put in ice to chill. Tea can immediately be served.

Iced tea can be made more flavorful with the addition of flavored syrups or fruit alternatives such as peach, lemon, vanilla, mint and more.

To come up with the best-tasting iced tea, remember to choose the right tea to use for your beverage. If you are not too picky, any old tea will do. But if you are an avid tea drinker, you will be very particular with the taste result. Instant teas are not part of the option, though.

For more convenience it is best to make a tea concentrate, meaning more tea bags for a small amount of water and after it is steeped and left in the refrigerator; cold water may just be added when you want to drink a glass or two. This way, it is much easier and practical to pour a smaller volume and adjust the tea concentration as per individual’s taste.

Tea brewing tips

A glass teapot that can withstand high degrees of temperature is highly recommended as plastic and metal containers may leave some after taste and alter the natural taste of tea.

Do not leave tea unconsumed for days. Tea is best made and drank while fresh. And to keep tea chilled longer, use cubed ice to extend chilling time than using shipped or crushed ice.


Lastly, it is important to remember that the longer the tea bags are steeped, the bitterer the taste becomes.