Orange-and-Lemon Iced Tea

Photo: Anna Williams
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
8 cups

This tea can be made up to five days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  • 8 black-tea bags

  • 12 sprigs mint, plus more for serving

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup fresh orange juice, strained, plus thinly sliced orange rounds for serving

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice, strained, plus thinly sliced lemon rounds for serving

  • Whiskey or gin, for serving (optional)


  1. Combine tea and mint in a large heatproof container. Pour 8 cups boiling water over; let steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and mint; stir in sugar. Let cool completely, then stir in orange and lemon juices. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.

  2. Fill glasses with ice. Stir tea and pour into glasses. If desired, stir a shot of whiskey or gin into each. Garnish with citrus rounds and mint sprigs; serve immediately.

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