Ultimate Iced Tea

Beautiful food photography: a glass picther and two glasses filled with classic, home brewed iced tea balanced with lemon. Recipe made using Tetley Orange Pekoe tea.

Balanced with lemon, this classic home brewed iced tea is a refreshing favourite.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Serves: 8
Difficulty: Easy


  • 8 cups water
  • 4 Orange Pekoe Tea tea bags
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • Ice cubes


  1. Pour the water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the tea bags and remove from heat.
  3. Steep, covered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Squeeze the tea bags to release as much liquid as possible and discard.
  5. Stir in sugar and baking soda.
  6. Cool to room temperature.
  7. Refrigerate, covered, until well chilled or up to 3 days.
  8. Add lemon slices before serving over ice.


  • Add mint leaves to the pitcher to add a beautiful and refreshing flavour.
  • Filtered water will make the clearest iced tea.
  • Adding baking soda to the tea removes any bitterness without needing to add lots of extra sugar. 


Per serving: 62 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 43 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 16.5 g sugars, 0 g protein