Here’s how to cold brew tea for a perfect glass of iced tea with lemon and mint on a hot summer day. It’s so easy and so refreshing!

Cold brew iced tea with lemon and mint.

You may have heard of using the heat of the sun to make sun tea. But did you know you could make iced tea in your refrigerator? There’s actually no need for heat, the tea steeps while it sits in the fridge. 

Cold brewed tea has less bitter flavors than iced tea made from hot tea, and it stays clear when it’s chilled. 

Just put a jar of filtered cold water and your favorite tea bags in the refrigerator in the morning and have fresh brewed iced tea waiting in the afternoon. Or make it overnight and it’s ready to go in the morning.

Pour it over a glass full of ice, lemon slices, and fresh mint from the garden. I always drink my iced tea unsweetened. But if you like sweet tea, a touch of honey simple syrup (equal parts honey and hot water stirred until the honey dissolves) is easy to mix into cold tea.

Cold-brew tea with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.

You can use any type of tea you like for cold brewing tea. Just make sure it’s high-quality tea leaves with no artificial ingredients. Experiment with mixing different teas together to find your perfect blend.

You can even make it with loose leaf tea (though you will have to strain out the loose tea leaves after it brews). Try cold brewing with oolong teas or minimally processed white tea. Or make it with herbal teas (which are technically not tea, just dried herbs).

My favorite summer drink is a combination is a black tea or green tea mixed with Earl Grey. I love the hint of citrus from the oil of bergamot in Earl Grey. This delicious blend works really well with the lemon and mint.

Cold brew iced tea with lemon and mint is simple and easy to make And you can always garnish the glass with extra fresh fruit like strawberries and orange slices. It’s a perfect treat for the warmer months of summer.

Here are two more of my favorite summer drinks — an all fruit watermelon berry smoothie and a 2-ingredient pina colada smoothie.

And how about these all fruit popsicles or vegan coffee ice cream for beating the heat?

Cold brew iced tea with lemon and mint

Cold Brew Iced Tea with Lemon and Mint

Try this easy cold brew method for a glass of best iced tea with lemon and mint. Perfect for hot summer days.


Prep Time: 2 mins

Refrigerator time: 6 hrs

Total Time: 6 hrs 2 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole30

Author: Lisa Wells


  • Fill a large glass pitcher with a lid, or mason jars, with water. Add tea bags, and cover with lid.

  • Refrigerate 6-8 hours or overnight.

  • Fill glasses with ice cubes, lemon slices and mint sprigs. Pour tea over ice.


Calories: 1kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 18mg Potassium: 5mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 12mg Iron: 1mg

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