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I can’t remember the first time I took a sip of homemade 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.

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!

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?


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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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