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Make Ahead Iced Tea Concentrate

Iced Tea Concentrate is hands-down the easiest way to have a cold pitcher of tea ready at all times. Mix it up with different flavor combos, infuse with fresh fruit and herbs, or add in flavored syrups. Looking for a way to serve homemade iced tea at your next party, shower, rehearsal dinner, picnic, or BBQ? Look no further!
Prep Time5 mins
Steeping Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 (1 gallon of tea)
Calories: 4kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 cups water divided (2 cups for concentrate, 14 cups for turning it into tea)
  • 12 tea bags see notes for combination ideas

Instructions

Sun Tea Concentrate

  • Place 2 cups of water in a jar. Add the tea bags making sure to keep the paper tags out of the water. Screw on the lid tightly. Place in a bright sunny spot for 4-6 hours.
  • Unscrew the lid and remove the tea bags, gently squeezing to remove excess liquid. Put the lid back on and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. When it is time to serve add the concentrate and 14 cups water to a gallon sized pitcher. Serve over ice.

Stove Top Tea Concentrate

  • Place 2 cups of water in a pan. Heat water until it is almost boiling. Turn off heat and add the tea bags making sure to keep the paper tags out of the water. Allow to steep for 1-2 hours.
  • Remove the tea bags, gently squeezing to remove excess liquid. Pour into a glass jar. Put the lid back on and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. When it is time to use add the concentrate and 14 cups water to a gallon sized pitcher. Serve over ice.

Notes

Variation and Flavor Ideas:
Black Tea: 4 family sized black tea bags or 12 single sized black tea bags
Green Tea: 12 individual sized green tea bags
Fruit Flavored Tea: 2 family sized black tea bags (or 6 single sized black tea bags)+4 individual sized green tea bags+2 individual sized fruit flavored tea bags 
Favorite fruit flavors: Cranberry pomegranate, Wild Berry Zinger, Citrus Sunrise
 
Simple syrup for sweetening - Heat equal amounts of water and sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Sweeten individual glasses of iced tea to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 4kcal | Sodium: 24mg | Calcium: 14mg