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Charlotte's Iced Tea

My daughter makes this as an alternative to soda and energy drinks. All you need are tea, water and, if desired, sweetener and lemon.
Servings: 8 cups


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons loose-leaf black tea see Note
  • 4 cups water plus more to dilute
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar or honey (optional) or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional) 1 medium lemon


  • Place the tea leaves in one or two tea balls. Bring 4 cups of water to boil. Turn off the heat and place the tea balls in the pot.
  • After 5 to 10 minutes, when the tea is much stronger than you would usually drink hot, remove the tea balls. If using, stir in your sweetener of choice until dissolved.
  • Dilute the tea with 4 cups of cold water. Stir in lemon juice if desired.
  • Using a funnel, pour the tea into a half-gallon jug or into a few bottles. Chill in the refrigerator before serving with ice cubes.


  1. If you prefer, brew decaffeinated tea or green tea or a combination of green and black tea.
  2. And now for your next recipe! Brew another pot of tea with the tea leaves but use half as much water. Let it sit for a few hours or until very strong.