Southern-Style Ice Tea

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When you’re in the South, you’ll quickly learn that if you want unsweetened tea, you should say so! Sweetened or not, ice tea has been a Southern tradition since the nineteenth century, around the time ice became available to most people.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 2 hours 10 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 heaping tsp. fresh orange pekoe bulk tea
  • 4 cups cold water
  • Lemon slices


  • Add 3 cups water to a nonreactive saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and add tea. Cover and let simmer for 5–8 minutes, or to desired strength.
  • Strain through a fine-meshed sieve into a large pitcher; add cold water. Refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Serve with lemon slices.