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Easy Old-Fashioned Lemon Iced Tea

Easy Old-Fashioned Lemon Iced Tea

Nothing says "Summer" quite like a tall glass of Old-Fashioned Lemon Iced tea! This not-too-sweet tea has a perfect blend of tart lemon flavor and brisk, strongly brewed tea that'll hit the spot all summer long!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Old-Fashioned Lemon Iced Tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Brewing Time 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 1 gallon
Calories 40 kcal
Author Cara


  • 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


  1. In a small saucepan, bring three cups of water just to a boil.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and add the tea bags. Let the tea bags steep for ten minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare a gallon pitcher with the ice, and pour the lemon juice over the ice cubes.
  4. Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the tea bags and while the tea concentrate is still warm, add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  5. Pour the tea syrup over the prepared ice and lemon juice, and add water to the half-gallon mark, then stir with a long-handled spoon to mix well. Add the remainder of the water to make one gallon of lemon iced tea. Pour over ice in a tall glass, garnish with a slice of lemon if desired, and serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to three days (but it probably won't last that long!).

Recipe Notes

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 it in a mason jar, and have it handy and ready to mix up in a minute or two.