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Cold-Brew Iced Tea

Make the easiest—and tastiest—iced tea, right in your refrigerator.

Makes 2 quarts (8 cups)



  • 8 cups cold water

  • 4 herbal tea bags*

  • Sugar, for serving



  1. Fill a 2-­quart pitcher or drink dispenser with 8 cups of cold water.

  2. Submerge the tea bags in the water, letting the tags hang over the pitcher or dispenser. Let the tea steep in the refrigerator for eight to twelve hours or overnight.

  3. Remove and discard the tea bags.

  4. Serve the iced tea in ice-filled cups, offering sugar on the side in packets or in a covered dish with a spoon.


*Herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free and come in a variety of delicious flavors. Fruit teas (such as passionfruit, peach, and mango), hibiscus, and chamomile are great choices for making iced tea.

From The Lemonade Stand Cookbook: Step-by-Step Recipes and Crafts for Kids to Make--and Sell!, by Kathy Strahs (Burnt Cheese Press, 2017)

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