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25 Refreshing Iced Tea Recipes for Summer

While the weather is still warm, you have to try these cool and sweet iced tea recipes.

From fruity to creamy, they’re guaranteed to keep you refreshed.

Classic Lemon Iced Tea in Glass
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Summer is the perfect time for a pitcher of homemade iced tea.

But these recipes are so good, you’ll want them all year round!

The festive cranberry and mint recipe makes such a lovely holiday drink – especially if you live somewhere warm.

And you can’t go wrong with something tropical and sweet on a hot day.

But no matter which of these iced tea recipes you choose, you’re sure to find one you love. 

How To Make Iced Tea

1. Pineapple Iced Tea

Want to brighten up traditional green tea? Check out this pineapple iced tea recipe.

It’s sweet, light, and just a bit tropical. 

It’s also easy to make it low-carb and keto-friendly. Just swap out the sugar for your favorite zero-carb sugar substitute, and you’re good to go.

*Note: Nearly all the recipes on this list can be made keto-friendly in the same way.

I like Stevia because it tastes great and is inexpensive. But you can use whatever substitute you like best.

2. Cold Brew Iced Tea

Do you dislike the slightly bitter taste of unsweetened tea? Try making cold brew tea instead!

Just like cold brew coffee, it’s a surefire way to cut down on any bitterness in the drink.

You see, brewing tea and coffee in hot water actually draws out the bitter notes. In contrast, brewing coffee grounds or tea in cold water ensures the drink is mellow and smooth.

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So, as the recipe’s author says, you’ll get “perfectly refreshing, super smooth tea.” 

You can’t beat that!

3. Raspberry Iced Tea

Raspberry iced tea is every berry lover’s dream come true. It’s an invigorating, sweetly tart drink that’ll help you cool down on a hot day. 

You can whip it up in 10 minutes with just five simple ingredients. Unless you cut out the lemon, so it’s only four.

Either way, it’s fresh and refreshing and full of berrylicious flavor. So if you need a bright drink for a summer brunch, raspberry iced tea is it.

4. Matcha Iced Tea

How restorative does this matcha green iced tea look?

It has a brilliant green color and is a sweet, minty, no-sugar-added recipe you can enjoy all year. 

5. Cherry Iced Tea

The hardest part of preparing this delicious cherry tea is making the cherry syrup.

And trust me, that isn’t difficult at all.

Once you have it ready to go, you’ll need a glass of unsweetened tea and some ice.

You can even go the super simple route and use a glass of Milo’s!

6. Thai Iced Tea

Thai tea is thicker and creamier than the tea you’re used to drinking.

The secret? You’ll add half and half to the mix.

If you think creamer in your coffee is good, just wait till you try it in your tea.

7. Hibiscus Iced Tea

I cannot get enough of hibiscus tea. It’s a delightfully spiced, delicately floral tea with so much flavor. 

Just remember, it’s not actual tea.

So if you need a caffeine boost, this drink won’t give it to you. But it’s perfect if you want something to relax and calm your nerves.

8. Butterfly Pea Tea

This gorgeous blue-black tea is the prettiest thing you’ll ever drink.

I like to make it for Halloween just because it looks so magical. Add a dash of edible luster dust, and it sparkles with every stir.

Fortunately, it has a fantastic taste, too.

It takes less than 10 minutes to make and has a light, herbal flavor. You can also adjust the amount of simple syrup or honey to suit your tastes.

9. Sweet Lemon Iced Tea

Warm weather or cold, you just can’t beat this sweet southern staple.

I mean, if you’re making iced tea, you might as well have it sweet and lemony!

At least, that’s how every Southerner I’ve ever met makes it. And with this recipe, you can, too.

Enjoy, y’all!

10. Honey Sweetened Lemon Iced Tea 

Here’s another sweet, lemony tea recipe I think you’ll fall for.

You’ll forego the sugar in favor of honey for this one. Still, both are sweet, delicious, and just a tiny bit tangy. 

It’s up to you to decide which sweetener you like best.

11. Earl Grey Iced Tea 

Jazz up your traditional Earl Grey with some honey, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.

The result is a light and citrusy drink with plenty of rich flavor.

This recipe takes a few hours to make, but it’s no trouble. Just throw it together in the morning, and it’ll be ready by lunchtime.

12. Easy Iced Milk Tea

Most people don’t think of iced tea as a decadent drink.

And usually, it isn’t. But this creamy, milk-infused version might just fit that description.

It’s rich, sweet, a little creamy, and similar to the Thai tea mentioned above.

If you liked that, I’m positive you’ll enjoy this. 

13. Fresh Mint Iced Tea

Are you looking for a refreshing, herbal tea-like flavor without the tea?

No problem. This fresh mint iced ‘tea’ is just the thing for you. 

You can whip it up in just five minutes, and all you’ll need is water, fresh mint, and your choice of sweetener.

It’s delightfully minty and not overwhelmingly sweet. 

I enjoy mine hot, but my friends swear it tastes better over ice. Try it yourself, and let me know which version you prefer.

14. Iced Green Tea

Unlike the matcha tea above, this recipe is much lighter and more mellow in flavor.

It’s a sweet, minty green tea recipe with plenty of citrusy zing. 

It almost looks like a mojito, and the taste is similar, too. So, give this recipe a try if the mojito is high on your list of favorite cocktails.

15. Festive Cranberry Mint Iced Tea

This recipe is the perfect example of why iced tea isn’t just for the summer. It’s fun and festive, and the bright red color is ideal for the holiday season.

It has a crisp, refreshing flavor that’s so full of cranberry zing, you’ll barely taste the tea itself.

However, the mint leaves help tone down much of the cranberries’ bite.

Try this drink if you need a break from cocktails this holiday season. You’ll fit right in with everyone else; no alcohol needed.

16. Perfect Peach Iced Tea

Peach tea is a Georgia specialty. And if you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a real treat.

It’s cold and refreshing, just like iced tea should be. However, this one also has a super sweet peachy flavor.

It’s almost like drinking liquified peaches, only with caffeine. So long as you appreciate sweet drinks, you’ll love it.

If sugary beverages aren’t your thing, you might want to give it a pass.

17. Rhubarb Iced Tea

Believe it or not, that’s not pink lemonade in that glass. That’s rhubarb iced tea, and it’s phenomenal.

It’s a stunning, sparkling drink that’s perfect for special occasions. 

You’ll love the way it looks, but the way it tastes is even better. It’s not as sweet as other options on the list, but it’s still sweet enough.

Just be sure you use white tea, not black or green. If you don’t, neither the color nor the flavor will be quite right

18. Watermelon Iced Tea 

If rhubarb tea is delicate and understated, watermelon tea is the polar opposite. It’s bright, bold, and has a wallop of sweet watermelon flavor.

It’s so sweet, in fact, that it almost tastes like candy. Of course, it’s still refreshing, but it might just send you on a sugar high. 

That said, it’s an excellent choice if you’re spending the day outside.

Enjoy it between swimming laps or taking a break from doing yard work. Either way, it’ll give you enough oomph to keep going.

19. Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea

This three-ingredient drink has a hot pink color and a fruity taste I just can’t get enough of.

It’s a copycat of Starbucks’ Passion Tango Tea, and it’s just about perfect.

If you enjoy the Starbucks drink, you’ll love this one, too. You might not even be able to tell the difference between them.

20. Lemon Ginger Jasmine Iced Tea

Lemon, ginger, and jasmine are three distinct ingredients that go together unbelievably well.

Add maple syrup and green tea into the mix, and you’ve got a real show shopper. 

It’s a light, zingy drink with a delicate but intricate flavor. Every sip introduces you to a new taste.

This recipe is ready in just 15 minutes and keeps well in the freezer for up to a month. So don’t be afraid to make a big batch and thaw it out as needed.

21. Orange Iced Tea

Some people like lemon in their tea. Others prefer orange. If you fall into that latter category, here’s the recipe you’ll need. 

With or without the mint leaves, this citrusy drink is sure to quench your thirst. Of course, it’ll satisfy your taste buds, too.

22. Barley Tea

What do you think of when you hear the word tea?

If you’re anything like Ted Lasso, you’ll think, “hot brown water.” And while I love hot tea, that’s not exactly wrong!

Of course, there are so many different blends and flavors.

Like barley tea, for example. Brewed from barley grains, barley tea supposedly has tons of health benefits.

With this recipe, you can find out if all those benefits are true.

23. Strawberry Rose Iced Tea

This lovely red tea is sweet, tangy, and a teensy bit floral. It’s a refreshing, fruity drink that’s perfect for brunch or sipping alone on a hot day.

Easy to make and ready in no more than 20 minutes, you’ll need Nielsen-Massey’s rose water to get the right flavor. 

If you can’t find it, don’t fret! You can make your own with water, rose petals, and a saucepan.

24. Blueberry Iced Tea with Lemon and Hint of Mint

This yummy drink is another alcohol-free recipe that’s very cocktail-esque.

It’s one of those fun drinks that’ll fool everyone into thinking you’re drinking with them.

And with blueberries, lemon, and mint, it’s a real party for your taste buds, too.

25. Easy Chamomile Iced Tea

Chamomile tea is most often consumed hot. It’s calming and ideal for an end-of-day drink to help you drift off to sleep.

But here’s the thing; you don’t have to drink it hot.

It’s just as soothing, herbal, and delicious over ice. Seriously, try it. You may even prefer it to the “normal” way.

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While the weather is still warm, you have to try these cool and sweet iced tea recipes. From fruity to creamy, they’re guaranteed to keep you refreshed.


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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