Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

I make at least a gallon of this every day. Simple and satisfying. My husband has to have his sweet tea, so this cuts back the calories and stretches those little tubs. For those who don't use sugar substitutes, I have also made it with lemonade flavored kool aid and sugar- the ice cool lemonade flavor goes great in it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 regular tea bags (orange pekoe and black)
  • 1 (1/2 ounce) container sugar-free lemonade-flavored drink mix (Crystal Light, etc.)
  • 1 gallon water, divided


  1. Bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil. Pour into gallon size pitcher, add tea bags and steep for 5-10 minutes, to taste. (I have left it overnight before; leave it as long as you like, the longer it steeps the stronger it gets, but 10 minutes is sufficient.).
  2. Remove tea bags, and add the lemonade mix. Top with cold water and ice to fill the pitcher. I usually don't have ice, and just chill it a few hours in my fridge.


Most Helpful

Wow this is good stuff! I am avoiding sugar substitutes as much as possible during my pregnancy, had a craving for sweet tea, but didn't want to load it down with pure sugar either. I used decaffinated black tea and regular lemonade mix... followed their directions for making a gallon of lemonade. I also doubled the tea bags for extra strong tea. Great for the summer - thanks for sharing! Also think the colder it gets, the better!

megs_ May 08, 2010

I have been making this for about a year!!! I was trying to make an iced lemonade tea like starbucks. The only thing that makes it better is to put this in a shaker with ice and shake it for about 5-10 seconds! Makes it a little frothy, but OH SO GOOD! I also make it by the glass, by just putting a little powdered lemonade in a glass of tea and stir! MMMmmmmm.

Chef Mel in OKC area Oklahoma March 16, 2010

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