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When you're tired of drinking water, what are your options for a clean eating diet? Try this homemade iced tea using honey instead of white sugar.This clean eating recipe is so delicious and easy to make!

I can’t remember the first time I took a sip of iced tea. I imagine I didn’t like it.

However, I must say that iced tea is now my non-alcoholic summer beverage of choice. Unfortunately iced tea tends to have lots of refined sugar in it (which doesn’t bode well with the clean eating diet that I haven’t been sticking to… but I’ll save those details for another post).

So with a challenge set before me, I was on a mission to craft an iced tea which would not require white sugar.

It took a bit of experimenting. Okay, I’ll be completely honest here… it took a lot of experimenting! I’ve made batches of the stuff (maple syrup iced tea anyone)? Finally, after several flopped recipes, I found a suitable substitute. Honey of course! Why I tried maple syrup before honey, I have no idea, but let’s not dwell on that.

Without further ado, here is my recipe for homemade iced tea.

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Outstanding Homemade Iced Tea

Outstanding Homemade Iced Tea


  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 bag of green tea
  • 2 bags of orange pekoe tea
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp pure unpasteurized honey


  • Boil 8 cups of water in a large pot.
  • Turn off the heat and add all the tea bags to the water.
  • Cover and let steep for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove tea bags.
  • Stir in honey until completely dissolved.
  • Add 1/2 cup lemon juice.
  • Pour into a heat-resistant pitcher.
  • Place in the fridge.
  • Serve when completely chilled.



Add a mint sprig or a wedge of lemon as a garnish.

Serve over ice.


Do you have a favourite homemade iced tea recipe?


Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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