Old Fashioned Iced Tea


Nothing says summer like a tall glass of home brewed iced tea!

Old Fashioned Iced Tea

Many years ago, I worked as a caregiver for a lady who was severely physically disabled, but who’s mind was as sharp as her spirit was sweet. Despite being completely crippled and suffering from relentless pain, Pat was one of the most joy-filled people I have ever known. I learned so many life lessons from her, but I also learned a lot of practical skills, including sewing. Though she could no longer use her sewing machine that she had once loved creating with, she would sit in her wheelchair next to me, and patiently guide me with her words as I learned to sew curtains, bed-skirts, alter clothing and a host of other creations.

Another thing that Pat taught me was how to make home brewed tea. This recipe I’m sharing with you today is basically her simple recipe, except that I add lemon to mine as I find the tart of lemon beautifully balances out the bitterness of strong brewed tea.

This tea can be made with either green or black tea, and is lovely mixed with different herbal teas if you’re feeling adventurous. 

Old Fashioned Iced Tea


3 cups water

8-10 tea bags, green, black or herbal

¾ cup sugar

½ cup lemon juice, bottled or fresh

Two trays (or more) ice cubes

Cold water to fill a one gallon pitcher


In a small saucepan, bring three cups of water just to a boil. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Let steep for ten minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a gallon pitcher with the ice, and pour the lemon over the ice cubes. Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the tea bags and while the liquid is still warm, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour the tea syrup over the prepared ice and lemon juice, and add water to make one gallon. Stir with a long handled spoon. Pour over ice in a tall glass and serve immediately, or refrigerate for later. Either way, its delicious and isn’t going to be around for long!

Note: If you want to always make sure that you have iced tea on hand during the hot summer months, you can make the tea and sugar syrup ahead of time, store in a mason jar, and have it handy and ready to mix up in a minute or two.

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