How to Make Ice Tea: Tangerine Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe

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Our summer days of sipping cold drinks like this refreshing Tangerine Raspberry Iced Tea are officially over. Logan went back to school on Monday and Tuesday was Madeline’s first day. As I write this, I’m officially kid-less for a few more hours. I can’t help but feel a little bit of mom guilt over being happy about school beginning again.

first day of school photos

everyone looking very serious on the first day of school!

It’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the Logan and Madeline’s company, but summer was long and it was good. With adults-only getaway to Crete and Athens and a wonderful family trip to San Diego in my back pocket I think we managed to have a pretty good time during the past couple of months.

Of course summer wasn’t all travel. We managed to have fun at home, too! I can’t count the number of times we went to the library and all the fun, new books we checked out. Then there were swim lessons, art camp, sports camp, and play dates with friends…I don’t really have any regrets this summer.

But now, I’m ready for a change. Ready to say goodbye to hot weather and swim suits. Goodbye to summer meals and welcome fall’s comforts with open arms. And really, the thought of being able to wear layers and scarves again is kind of appealing. True it will still be quite warm here for at least another month, but in my mind school starting is what ushers in fall.

raspberry iced tea recipe

A batch of this Tangerine Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe is the perfect way to toast to the end of summer. Iced tea is simple to make, not too unlike making regular tea. Steep the tea bags in hot water, then cool the tea and add ice. For extra flavor try adding herbs, such as mint, or fresh fruit to the mixture.

Typically you’ll want to add a higher ratio of tea bags to water because the ice cubes will eventually melt and dilute the flavor. Experiment around and see how you like your iced tea best.

In this case, I’ve prepared the Tangerine Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe with a 2:3 ration (2 cups of water per every 3 bags of herbal tea) rather than the usual 1:1 ratio as is seen in hot tea. I’ve also added a bit of pomegranate juice for an extra punch of color and flavor.

Tangerine Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe

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6 cups water
5 Tangerine herbal tea bags
4 Raspberry herbal tea bags
1 - 1 1/2 cup Pomegranate juice (or according to your tastes)
orange or tangerine slices, optional garnish
raspberries, optional garnish
ice cubes


Add water to a medium-large saucepan or stock pot. Bring water to a boil. Add the tea bags, then turn the water off. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill a pitcher halfway with ice. Remove tea from the stove and transfer to the pitcher. Add 1 cup of pomegranate juice. Stir to combine. Taste and sweeten as desired. Serve garnished with orange slices and raspberries.

A good way to sweeten tea without any undissolved sugar granules is by using a simple syrup. Combine a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water in a small saucepan on the stove. Heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool, then add as needed.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Carrie @ Bakeaholicmama3 - August 17, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    Looks amazing! We are often trying new iced teas and lemonades in our house. My kiddos love to make their own juices. This looks and sounds tasty! We will have to give it a try!


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    marla - August 17, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    Katie, I am with you. I will savor the last few days of summer but will welcome fall with open arms. Lovely tea :)


  • 3
    Bev Weidner - August 17, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    That tea is GORGEOUS. The straws make me wear giddy pants. CA-UTE.


  • 4
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - August 17, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    I truly love this recipe, Katie. I can’t wait to try it. I loooove fruit iced teas.


  • 5
    Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams - August 17, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    The tea looks wonderful! I’m definitely going to try this.


  • 6
    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots - August 17, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    What cute glasses and straws! So refreshing… :-)


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - August 17, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    This sounds lovely! I, too, am ready for fall… But, I think I’ll have to make some of this iced tea to hold me over in the meantime. :)


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - August 18, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    What a great combination of flavors, and I love that it’s herbal tea too!


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    Sukaina - August 18, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    After nearly 3 months of summer holidays, I cannot wait for my toddler to start nursery again! So don’t feel guilty AT ALL! Very refreshing drink.


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - August 18, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    They were definitely both a little serious – but I absolutely love the photos! This iced tea sounds like the perfect way to hang on to summer.


  • 11
    Tracy - August 18, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    What a gorgeous tea! We drink iced tea like it’s going out of style during the summer. Love this!


  • 12
    Melissa A. - August 18, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I don’t know how I stumbled upon your page, but I love that I did! Do you have another blog for your travels to Greece? How about San Diego? I was in SD in June…what a wonderful trip.

    My 13yr. old daughter LOVES iced tea, so I’ll be whipping this up for her soon! Thanks for the post and the great foodie ideas!


  • 13
    Amanda - August 18, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    So lovely!!


  • 14
    Pam - August 19, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    You make it soooooooooooo pretty! The photo is just gorgeous. I love iced tea but usually drink the boring variety. This sounds so good.


  • 15
    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover - August 29, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Yum, that tea looks absolutely delicious!!


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    nancy - March 23, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    I live in Baltimore, Maryland and I have tried to find tangerine tea and none of my stores carry it. Can you kindly tell me what brand tangerine tea you use. One of the store managers said that he could possibly order it for me if he knew what brand. Thanks.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — March 24th, 2012 @ 8:24 PM

      It is Celestial Seasonings brand. Maybe try Amazon, too?

  • 17
    nancy - March 26, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Thanks for your help. I will see if they can order it in.


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