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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.


  • 1 tablespoon loose-leaf black tea
  • 6 cups water plus more to dilute
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey (optional) or more to taste


  • Place tea leaves in a tea ball or mesh infuser. Bring 6 cups of water to boil. Turn off the heat and place the tea ball or infuser in the pot.
  • After 5 to 10 minutes, when the tea is quite strong, remove the tea ball or infuser. Stir in your sweetener of choice and add more to taste. Or omit the sweetener.
  • Dilute the tea with another 2 cups of room-temperature or cold water.
  • Once the tea has cooled down to warm or room-temperature (i.e., it's no longer piping hot), using a funnel, pour the tea into a clean ½-gallon jug or into several bottles.