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Iced tea recipe

Iced tea recipe

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There’s nothing better than a cooling, citrus-scented glass of iced tea for ultimate refreshment. This classic lemon iced tea is easy to make at home, and you can ring the changes with your favourite teas and garnishes. Add the sugar for a sweeter drink or leave out for a stronger tea flavour. Master how to make iced tea and you'll be sure to make it again and again. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare, plus cooling and chilling
  • 2 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 4 teabags
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 1-2 lemons, sliced
  • mint sprigs, to serve
  • ice cubes, to serve

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    0g 0%
  • Saturates

    0g 0%
  • Sugars

    0g 0%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 0.3g Protein 0.3g Fibre 0g


  1. Add the teabags, sugar (if using) and half the lemon slices (reserving the rest to serve) to a large heatproof jug or pitcher. Pour over 1ltr just boiled water and leave to steep for 5 mins.
  2. Stir well, then discard the teabags and lemon slices and allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to the fridge to chill. The tea will keep for 2-3 days covered in the fridge.
  3. When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice and the remaining lemon slices. Pour in the chilled tea and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Tip: Normal black tea (such as English Breakfast) is classic for this recipe, but you could try using different blends such as citrussy Earl Grey or floral Darjeeling. Orange slices, cucumber ribbons and thyme sprigs also make lovely garnishes if serving a crowd.

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