The Best Homemade Iced Tea

The Best Homemade Iced Tea

Homemade ice tea is a summer tradition in our family, we all love it. A friend gave me a recipe for a tea syrup many years ago and we have tweaked it over the years to make it the best homemade ice tea ever! Well it’s perfect for our taste!

I make our ice tea in a gallon size (4.55 l) Tupperware pitcher. I’m not sure if they still make this size but I have several of them and any gallon sized jug will work. I have to be honest, I don’t measure the water, I just fill up the pitcher to the lip where the lid fits.

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:
A heatproof pitcher or jug and wooden spoon.
10 tea bags,
1 cup honey or less to taste
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 – 4 cups boiling water
cold water
lemon slices or wedges if desired

The complete recipe is below.

homemade ice tea with honey and lemon


Homemade Ice Tea

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 10 tea bags
  • 1 cup honey or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 - 4 cups boiling water
  • cold water
  • ice


  1. Place tea bags in a large heat proof pitcher, jug or container, pour 2 to 3 cups boiling water over the tea bags. (I really don't measure)
  2. Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes or longer.
  3. Measure honey into a two cup measuring glass, add one cup of boiling water, stir to melt and dissolve the honey.
  4. Add honey water to tea and allow to steep for longer if desired.
  5. Remove tea bags.
  6. Add lemon juice and cold water.
  7. Stir well, store in fridge.
  8. Serve over ice, garnish with lemon if you like and enjoy.


Feel free to use any type of tea you like, we like black tea or a combination of black and green tea. Earl grey and flavored teas are really nice too. For a change, I add raspberry extract. Rooibos tea is lovely if you prefer a something without caffeine.

If a gallon is too much for you, feel free to cut the recipe in half to make 2 quarts.

Prefer sugar or a different sweetener? The original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar. When I use sugar I use 1 & 3/4 cups. Substitute an equivalent of any sweetener you desire.

Now, I’m imagining a relaxing summer iced tea party, won’t you join me?


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