A simple refrigerator iced tea recipe that is ready overnight. No heating required, perfect for those hot summer days! To sweeten, simply add in a liquid sweetener, like stevia, as granulated sugar will not easily dissolve in a cold drink. Easily customizable, add in some lemon, orange, mint or your favorite berries.
Perfect for a hot day, and safer than sun tea!
What do you do when the weather is too warm to boil water, but you still really want some delicious iced tea? You make refrigerator tea, of course! No heating of water, no sitting your tea pitcher out in the sun and no risk of bacteria while making sun tea.
This iced tea is THE simplest recipe I’ve ever made. Seriously, all you do is add room temperature water to a container, add in your tea bags, and place in the fridge. I would recommend adding a few more tea bags than you would when you boil, as the tea ends up a bit less strong than if you heated the water.
When it’s time to consume, simply pour into glasses of ice and enjoy! If you are a fan of sweet tea, you should know that granulated sugar does not dissolve well in cold tea.
To get around this issue, I would recommend using a liquid sweetener such as stevia drops or a simple syrup. This will dissolve much better in the cold liquid.
If you’re not a huge fan of plain tea, you can certainly add in numerous flavors to kick up the fun a notch. Mash up some fresh raspberries, squeeze in some lemon, chop up some fresh mint or add in some crushes peaches.
Simply add in whatever you’d like at the time you add in the tea bags, and you’ll have a delicious, flavorful tea!
My tea bag dissolved, what did I do wrong?
If your tea bag is made entirely of paper, it could dissolve as it sits. You’ll need a brand that has teabags with plastic added (most brands have this). I use the Luzianne brand and have not had any issues with my teabags dissolving.
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Refrigerator Iced Tea
- 6 cups water, room temperature (1.4 L)
- 8 tea bags
- raspberries, mint, lemon, peaches or whatever add-in you'd like optional
- Sweetener to taste optional
- Add water to a large container, along with tea bags. If desired, add in raspberries, mint, lemon, peaches, etc for flavoring.
- Cover and place in fridge overnight or for approximately 12 hours before consuming.
- If you like your tea sweet, I suggest adding a simple syrup or stevia drops. Granulated sugar/sweetener will not dissolve easily in cold tea.