Sweet Iced Tea
Iced tea should be perfectly clear and extra smooth, without any bitterness. We wanted to achieve this without resorting to sun tea.
Why This Recipe Works
We started our Sweet Iced Tea recipe by skipping the heat. We steeped a large quantity of tea bags in room-temperature water for a strong-flavored brew without the bitterness. Instead of granulated sugar, we sweetened the tea with simple syrup—equal parts water and sugar heated long enough to dissolve the sugar. Mix and match fruit juices and simple syrups to make your own fun flavors (see the links in the headnote to our Simple Syrup recipes), or click on the related recipes below the instructions for iced tea recipe variations.