Ice Tea Syrup Concentrate

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Love the taste of Fresh ice tea, but don’t have the extra fridge space? Keep a container of this delicious Ice Tea Syrup Concentrate on hand to mix up a pitcher of tea in no time at all . . .
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You’ll Need:
10 tea bags (regular size tea bags– lipton, salada, luizianne, bigelow etc)
3 C. water
3 C. sugar

Bring the water to a boil, add the tea bags, reduce heat, COVER and simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Add the sugar, bring it back to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.

Cool and store in fridge.

To Use:
Mix 5 cups water & 1 c. Syrup. (or to taste)
Serve with lemon slices.

This ice tea syrup is great for making half and half lemonade/ice tea, or quick glasses of iced tea. It stores well for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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30 Comments

  1. this tea syrup is great. it saves me time so i don’t have to make a pot every day.my family loves it. i add more water so it not to sweet.

    i also add some lemon and ginger some times.

  2. i did this when we lived in our 5th wheel for the summer in 2012 while waiting to get into our new home. I just did it on a smaller scale and made individual glasses.

  3. i’ve made both sweet tea and unsweet tea. for unsweet, just leave out the sugar. saves time and refrigerator space.

    delicious!

    • For those who were asking, I make it with the family size–and 4 cups of water so when it boils for 10 minutes you still have 3 cups left. then it’s 1 oz syrup to at least 5 oz water. A graduated shot glass makes the measurement easier.

  4. i would love to try this but to me this does not seem to be enough tea bags. i use the single serving tea bags and i use 10 just for 1 gallon. Please if some one can let me know what size these are would be great.

    • I would love to try this but to me this does not seem to be enough tea bags. I use the single serving tea bags and I use 10 just for 1 gallon. Please if some one can let me know what size these are would be great.

      I usually brew my tea in the coffee pot.

      I place 4 bags in the carafe and a full pot of water in the reservoir. I let it run then steep for an hour. I then add my tea to a gallon pitcher, stir in the splenda and top off with water to get a full gallon.

      The longer it steeps, the stronger the taste.

      I love making the syrups as well. We have lemon, orange, grapefruit, and lime trees, as well as 5 plum trees. I usually make lemonade or limeade syrup with the lemons/limes for quick lemonade.

      We generally eat the oranges fresh… and I dehydrate the zest of all the citrus for use later… if I’m not using it immediately.

  5. i need to know if these are single tea bags or the family size.
    we go thru 2-3 gallons a day. This would be a real time saver.

  6. i have to try this tonight! my son in law has been wanting to take iced tea for him and his crew to drink on these hot days. he wants to take 5 gallons a day!

    If I can make up enough concentrate the night before and let it chill all night, putting it together will be a snap in the morning and the tea will be cold. Thanks a lot! Will probably make some “tea ice cubes” so I can keep the tea cold without diluting it.

    • I have to try this tonight! My son in law has been wanting to take iced tea for him and his crew to drink on these hot days. He wants to take 5 gallons a day!

      If I can make up enough concentrate the night before and let it chill all night, putting it together will be a snap in the morning and the tea will be cold. Thanks a lot! Will probably make some “tea ice cubes” so I can keep the tea cold without diluting it.

      Love the idea of the ice tea cubes.

      I may just freeze the concentrate in the trays for quick glasses of tea. I already freeze the syrup like the concentrates you buy, but cube size would give me another option, yay

  7. hello, i am new to the site and saw this on facebook, what type of tea should i use? would this be like a homemade equivalent to lipton iced tea for example. i would very much appreciate your help.

  8. i’m a little new at this and specially this site. what type of tea is used to make this concentrate? is this supposed to taste like lipton iced tea for example?

    i will appreciate your response.

    • I’m a little new at this and specially this site. What type of tea is used to make this concentrate? Is this supposed to taste like Lipton iced tea for example? I will appreciate your response.

      Any Brand of Black tea that you would normally use to make sweet tea will work.

      I have tons of small bags of lipton so what would the equivalent be for this recipe. Since the above comment said that you used family sized bags?

      hehe, when this recipe was created there was No such thing as “family bags”. The recipe calls for regular tea bags, that just happens to be one members input.

  9. i have tons of small bags of lipton so what would the equivalent be for this recipe. since the above comment said that you used family sized bags?

    • I have tons of small bags of lipton so what would the equivalent be for this recipe. Since the above comment said that you used family sized bags?

      I Recommend 4 “regular” per 1 “Family” tea bags or you can check with Lipton’s (or whatever brand you have)website as they will have an exact number that will equal their Regular Tea Bags.

      Hope this Helps
      MAF

  10. made up a batch. found this to be very sweet when it came to the suggested mix. what i found to be the best mix was a 1:12 ratio.

    One syrup to twelve water. (any size measure works.) Oh and a tsp lemon juice added adds a nice touch.

  11. i make this and can it! i just did 26 half pint jars and 4 pint jars yesterday! I think one more round of making and canning it and I will be set for winter!

    It is easy to make and only takes seconds to have tea.

    • I make this and can it! I just did 26 half pint jars and 4 pint jars yesterday! I think one more round of making and canning it and I will be set for winter!

      It is easy to make and only takes seconds to have tea.

      How long to you process it? Do you pressure can or water bath? Thanks in Advance

  12. please read the recipe….it says and is even underlined regular size bags; and the fact that it uses 10 tea bags to 3 cups water and 3 cups sugar–makes a very concentrated tea mixture. After making it, you then dilute it to drinking tea to your own taste. More water for a more diluted tea or less sweet taste, etc.

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