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Two glasses of iced tea.

The Very Best Iced Tea

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5 from 10 reviews


From the Prouts Neck Cookbook, in which it is called Mrs. Bostwick’s Iced Tea.


  • Tea: I have used Lipton black tea bags and other various kinds. My aunt uses Earl Grey. My mother uses Yorkshire Red or Lipton Yellow Label. 
  • Sugar: This is a recipe I have never tinkered with. It might appear to be a lot of sugar, but it does not taste too sweet (in my opinion). If you do the math it’s roughly 1 tablespoon of sugar for every 1/2 cup of tea. If this seems like too much for you, hold back some of the sugar from the start, and add it in to taste at the end.


  • 5 black tea bags, see notes above
  • a few sprigs of mint
  • 1 cup of sugar, see notes above
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold water


  1. Place the tea bags, mint, and sugar in a large pitcher or vessel (able to hold 9 cups). Pour the boiling water over the top and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the mint and tea bags, squeezing the bags to extract the liquid.
  3. Add the lemon juice and cold water.
  4. Chill until ready to serve. Serve over ice and garnish with more mint or lemon if you wish.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Cuisine: Amerian