Iced Tea – McAlister’s Deli Style

Brewing black tea leaves at high temperatures can cause bitterness.

This recipe is fast and easy and can be scaled to make a LOT of brewed tea very quickly.

These instructions are for half a gallon but they can be scaled up to make larger batches.


  1. Place 1 quart water into a pan on the stove.
  2. Pour 1 quart of water into a separate container.
  3. Bring water to a boil.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in water from the separate quart until water temp is reduced to 190 F. (About 1 cup).
  6. Add 2 family tea bags or 6 singles.
  7. Optional – Add 1/8 tsp baking soda
  8. Steep 15 minutes
  9. Squeeze the tea from the bags and discard.
  10. Add remaining water
  11. Stir
  12. Chill
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