This Healthy Homemade Iced Tea recipe is a refreshing drink for summer! 3 ingredients, NO refined sugar or artificial sweeteners – Under 50 calories per serving!
I don’t know about you all, but I am absolutely THRILLED that we’re well into spring and summer is just around the corner. There’s almost nothing better than sitting outside on a warm day with a tall glass of something refreshing, and this Healthy Homemade Iced Tea is my first choice for a delicious summer drink. If you’re a fan of iced tea, you’re going to LOVE this recipe!
Conventional Iced Tea can be so high in calories and packed with unnecessary sugar and if you’re buying powdered iced tea from the grocery store you’ll know exactly what I mean. Making your own homemade iced tea is a great way to reduce your sugar intake and this Healthy Homemade Iced Tea contains no refined sugar at all, and no artificial sweeteners.
Using honey as a sweetener for summer drinks is a great way to add flavour with a hint of sweetness, without making them overly sugary. Honey is the best ingredient in this healthy iced tea recipe!
(For more summer drinks using honey as a sweetener, try my Healthy 3-Ingredient Lemonade!)
If you prefer a different natural sweetener, maple syrup and agave nectar also work well in this recipe.
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- Black or Orange Pekoe Tea (any brand will do – Lipton, Red Rose, etc.)
- Fresh lemons
- Honey, or your favourite vegan liquid sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar (OR stevia, to make it low carb)
Time needed: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Follow these tips for the BEST homemade iced tea.
- Brew the tea first.
Add the tea bags to hot water in a pot or heat-safe pitcher.
- Sweeten the tea while it’s hot.
Add the honey and stir until it dissolves.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Let the tea sit in the fridge to chill.
- Serve over ice.
Pour the iced tea into your favourite glasses over ice with a lemon slice.
What is the healthiest kind of iced tea?
The healthiest kind of iced tea is homemade iced tea made without refined sugar.
Can iced tea be healthy?
Yes, iced tea can be a healthy drink if you make it yourself at home, either unsweetened or with a sweetener that’s refined sugar-free like honey or maple syrup.
Can you make iced tea from tea bags?
Yes, add the tea bags to hot water to brew the tea, dissolve the honey, then chill until ready to serve.
Is homemade iced tea good for you?
Homemade iced tea can be good for you, especially if it contains a limited amount of sugar or other sweetener.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes! Simply store this iced tea in the fridge and serve over ice within 4-5 days.
We hope you love this homemade iced tea recipe as much as we do! Let us know in the comments below, what’s your favourite summer drink? We’d love to know!
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- 8 cups boiling water
- 3 bags black tea use decaffeinated black tea if desired
- 1/4 cup liquid honey
- 4-6 lemon slices
- 4 cups ice cubes
- Add the boiling water to a heat-safe jug or pitcher and drop in the tea bags. You could also use a pot if you don't have a large enough pitcher or jug.
- Let steep for about 7 minutes.
- Add the honey and lemon slices, and stir well until the honey dissolves.
- Place the jug in the fridge for about 2 hours (or overnight). You can remove the tea bags after 1 hour if you wish, but leaving them in creates a stronger, more concentrated iced tea.
- Before serving remove the tea bags and add the ice. Stir well and serve.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.