Spiced Iced Tea Recipe
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Spiced Iced Tea Recipe

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This was my mom's iced tea recipe, which had a special spot in our refrigerator on hot summer days. I remember it being served as a special treat for the men who were on hand during the hay harvest. -Ellen Carlton Mont Vernon, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:2-4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 2-4 servings


  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 4 individual tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 4 teaspoons sugar
  • Ice cubes, fresh mint and lemon slices

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 3 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 0 protein.


  1. Pour boiling water into a heat-proof pitcher. Add the tea bags, cinnamon, cloves and sugar substitute; steep tea for 15 minutes.
  2. Discard the tea bags, cinnamon and cloves. Pour tea over ice in glasses; garnish with mint and lemon. Yield: 2-4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.
Originally published as Spiced Iced Tea in Reminisce Extra August 2005, p52

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"My husband and I really enjoyed this tea. I did not add the mint or lemon and I used green tea bags. I doubled the recipe and all of it was gone within 2 days. Thanks for the recipe, this one is a keeper!"

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