Homemade ice tea

This tea is very refreshing and a healthier alternative to fizzy, sugary cold drinks. Keep a jug of this ice tea in the fridge in summer.

Ready in

2 hours 30 mins

Serving size

Serves 6 (2 litres)


  • 8 rooibos tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 6 thin slices ginger
  • 4 cups (1 litre) boiling water
  • 4 cups (1 litre) 100 % grape, apple or berry juice, chilled
  • lemon juice to taste
  • ice cubes, mint leaves, fresh fruit or lemon slices to serve


  1. Place tea bags, spices and ginger in a large glass jug and pour over boiling water. Stir well and allow to cool for about 2 hours. Remove tea bags, ginger and spices.
  2. Add juice to the tea and season with lemon juice to taste.
  3. Serve ice cold with ice and your choice of mint leaves, fruit and lemon.


  1. When buying fruit juice, remember to read the label and only buy pure or 100 % fruit juice.
  2. In summer when it’s hot outside, freeze this ice tea in ice cube or ice lolly trays for the kids. This is a good alternative to ice-cream

Homemade ice tea video

Homemade ice lollies

This Homemade iced tea recipe is perfect to turn into frozen ice lollies. Instead of buying sugary, shop-bought ice lollies, prepare your own homemade version. Try layers of ice tea, berry and strawberry purée and even plain, unsweetened yoghurt seasoned with lemon rind, cinnamon or vanilla. Freeze each layer, before topping up with the next and freezing again. Enjoy as a healthy, refreshing summer treat!

Homemade ice tea lollies

How to flavour your ice tea

Ice tea is delicious using a variety of different natural seasonings: try seasonal fruit, mint, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, or cloves.

Ice tea

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 2nd edition: Breakfast, Lunch and snacks

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