recipe

Refreshing sweet iced tea can be yours on a hot summer day—and you don’t even need to turn on a tea kettle to make this version!

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the microwave
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
yield
  • Serves 6
  • (Makes about 1 quart)

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Prepare Ingredients

6
decaffeinated black tea bags
4 cups plus 2 tablespoons
water, room temperature, measured separately
2 tablespoons
sugar
1
lemon
Ice

Gather Cooking Equipment

Pitcher
Liquid measuring cup
Oven mitts
Small spoon
Chef’s knife
Cutting board
Large spoon
Tall glasses
1
 
6
decaffeinated black tea bags
4 cups
water, room temperature

Place tea bags and 4 cups water in pitcher. Let sit on counter for 45 minutes.

 
2
 
2 tablespoons
sugar
2 tablespoons
water, room temperature

Meanwhile, in liquid measuring cup, combine sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons water. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Use oven mitts to remove measuring cup from microwave. Use small spoon to stir mixture constantly until sugar dissolves completely, about 30 seconds; set aside.

 
3
 
1
lemon

Cut lemon in half lengthwise through both ends. Place one half of lemon flat on cutting board and slice crosswise into thin half circles; discard ends. (Refrigerate other lemon half for another use.)

First cutting the lemon in half lengthwise creates a flat, stable surface. That makes it easier to slice the lemon crosswise into semicircles.

 
4
 
Ice

Remove tea bags from water and discard. Pour sugar mixture into tea and add lemon slices. Use large spoon to stir tea to combine. To serve, place ice in tall glasses and pour tea over ice. (Tea can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)