Thirsting for some refreshing iced tea recipes to stay cool with? Look no further because we have the 18 most refreshing, best tasting homemade iced tea recipes in town! When it's 90 degrees out and the sun is shining high, the first thought that comes to mind is: how can I get my thirst on? That's why we've put together this list of refreshing iced tea recipes to quench your thirst and soothe your mind and body. From Thai iced tea to matcha mint, we have recipes for every palate and preference.
18 Homemade Iced Tea Recipes
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1. Easy Homemade Peach Iced Tea Recipe
Have we ever waxed poetic about our undying love for peach iced tea? Whenever the family would plan a dinner to Olive Garden, the part that excited me the most was ordering their delicious Bellini Peach Iced Tea (I mean, I guess the breadsticks are good, but their tea is where it's at!) To get the most out of this recipe, use the freshest peaches and lemons you have in your pantry. To serve, pour this refreshing beverage into a mason jar, top it with a fancy straw and garnish with mint leaves. Hey, nobody said iced tea has to be boring so you might as well go all out.
2. Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Iced Tea
Blueberries and gingers are not only a dynamic flavor combination — they're also incredibly beneficial for you! Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and one of the few berries that aren't acidic. Ginger is a potent antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory and works wonders on relieving colds and aiding digestion. These two superfoods are combined to create a fancy and refreshing sparkling iced tea recipe. Serve this at your summer get-togethers or enjoy a pitcher to yourself. 🙂
3. Homemade Iced Gren Tea with Mango
Ooo, doesn't this easy iced tea recipe sound so exotic? We thought so too and, the best part is that as exotic as it sounds, this recipe comprises less than 5 ingredients! This iced mango green tea is a great source of antioxidants and will leave your body cool and your skin glowing. And who doesn't want that?
4. Peach Mango White Iced Tea
We can't necessarily promise that this will be the last peach iced tea recipe on this list, but you can't say we didn't warn you ahead of time, right? We love iced tea recipes with infused fruit in them and this is just one of those recipes we instantly became hooked on after the first sip. Incredibly refreshing and juicy, this is one iced tea recipe that isn't playing around.
5. Matcha Mint Iced Tea Recipe
We've discussed the health benefits of matcha before, but for those who didn't catch it, matcha supports healthy brain and skin function, as well as sustainable energy levels. In this delectable recipe, the earthiness of matcha is offset by the lightness of mint. You can call this a lean, green, antioxidant machine!
6. Orange Mint Iced Tea
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Sure, we've seen oranges in lemonades, juice and sodas, but iced tea? This was definitely a first for us, but one look at the color and we knew this was a recipe that would look beautiful on Instagram and Pinterest. Just look at that vibrant orange hue! Needless to say, oranges in iced tea are great and we wholly support that movement. (If it becomes one.)
7. Almond Iced Tea
I think we should start off by saying that this almond iced tea recipe isn't for everyone. Now that that's out there, if you're the adventurous type, this is definitely a recipe to try. This tea has a rich, roasty flavor that's offset by the sugar in the recipe. If you're a little skeptical, we highly recommend you try this recipe. You never know, you might love it!
8. Lemon Balm and Watermelon Green Iced Tea Cold Brew
Are you looking for a homemade iced tea recipe that doubles as therapy? Then this is the recipe for you! This iced tea recipe is so refreshing and calming that the only way to truly enjoy this is to hang out in your backyard or porch, pour yourself a glass and get into that book you've been meaning to read. Isn't summer great?
9. Va-Va-Voom Mint Iced Tea
Now we know why this green tea was called the Va Va Voom tea! The color is sexy and the taste is even sexier. If you're looking for something that will seriously cool you down, ditch the Slip n Slide and grab a glass of this tasty treat!
10. Very Berry Iced Tea with Honey Mint Syrup
Man, this iced tea is berry berry good! (Too much?) Pun aside, this iced tea recipe is bursting with ingredients that are good for you like fresh berries, honey, green tea, and mint. If you're looking for an iced tea recipe that packs a punch, we strongly suggest you try this one. (Fourth of July is coming up, so get those pitchers ready!)
11. Apple Cider Vinegar Iced Tea
With only three ingredients (and one of them being a super ingredient), you'd be hard pressed to find a valid reason as to why you shouldn't make this. Apple cider vinegar helps alkalize your body, so if you find yourself feeling irritable, lethargic or unable to focus, have a glass of this to help reset your mind and body.
12. Easy and Authentic Thai Iced Tea Recipe
What is Thai iced tea, you ask? (Okay, maybe you didn't, but just play along.) Thai iced tea is a tea brewed with Ceylon leaves and topped with either evaporated or coconut milk (or both!). The result is a decadent dessert-like beverage that will change your world and leave you wanting more and more and more. For a truly Thai experience, serve this bad boy with some Sticky Rice with Mango, a traditional Thai dessert.
13. Perfect Southern Sweet Tea
Wondering how to make the perfect Southern sweet tea? Well, wonder no more, because this recipe is all you need to make amazing sweet tea. If there was a popularity contest for iced teas, Southern sweet tea would win every single time. To jazz it up, garnish this Southern belle with some peach, mango or pineapple slices.
14. Nectarine Basil Iced Tea
We love that basil is now being incorporated into sweet recipes such as desserts and beverages. This nectarine basil iced tea recipe is refreshing, zesty, and has a certain je ne sais quoi.
15. Rhubarb Mint Iced Tea
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Rhubarb must be the Sour Patch Kids of fruits: it starts sour then turns sweet. This rhubarb mint iced tea is a healthy recipe that will quench your thirst and leave you grooving to the rhythms of summer.
16. Cherry Citrus Iced Tea Recipe
This luscious cherry and citrus recipe is one that is meant to be taken in slowly and enjoyed. While the flavor may be a bit heavier than other traditional iced tea recipes, this drink is every bit as refreshing as a glass of ice-cold water.
17. Fresh Brewed Sunshine Iced Tea
Do you remember that sun tea bit from 30 Rock? Great, well this isn't that (thank goodness!). If you're looking for the best iced tea recipe around, this one is for you. This sunshine iced tea reminds us that less is more and a classic is always a classic for a reason.
18. Easy Homemade Lavender Iced Tea Recipe
This lavender iced tea will make you sleep, and now you're getting very sleepy, very sleepy… Just kidding! But if you are looking to relax after a long day of being awesome, have a glass of this. Don't forget to garnish with some lavender for an extra special-looking treat.
Need some brewing supplies? Check out our favorite iced tea brewing pitchers below!
- The Republic Of Tea Double Infusion Iced Tea Pitcher
- Tea Forte Iced Tea Brewing Pitchers
- Bodum Iced Tea Maker and Water Infuser
Stay hydrated and happy with this step by step guide on How To Make Your Own Kombucha and these Detox Water Recipes! These beverages will leave your skin glowing, your body hydrated, and your mind calm.
If you're looking for a tutorial on how to make classic iced tea, then watch this video by Lisa Brown below!
Homemade iced tea is one of the easiest treats to make whether you’re a kitchen expert or newbie. It’s also one of the most customizable and flexible recipes on the planet because you can put virtually anything and it’ll still hit the sweet spot every time. We hope you’ve found a recipe you’d love to try from our list of the most refreshing iced tea recipes. And remember, there are countless more ways to revamp this recipe, so feel free to let your creative juices flow the next time you make a glass of this amazingly simple and delicious drink!
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on June 11, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.