What Are the Best Teas to Use for Iced Tea?

Would you like to start making iced tea at home but are not sure what tea to use? This article takes a look at our picks for the best teas to use for iced tea.

Best Teas To Use For Iced Tea
Adding some ice with your tea of choice makes your drink more exciting

If you want to make iced tea, it is tempting to make a cup of tea and add some ice. While this would technically give you an iced tea, it’s not the right way to go about it. So we have curated a list of the best teas to use for iced tea to help you. 

Before trying our selection, check out our guide on how to make iced tea from tea bags.

Best Overall: Hibiscus

Buddha Teas Organic Hibiscus Tea - OU Kosher, USDA Organic, CCOF Organic, 18 Bleach-Free Tea Bags
  • Ingredients: Organic Hibiscus Flower
  • Caffeine-Free, OU Kosher, USDA Organic, CCOF Organic, Gluten-Free
  • No artificial colors, preservatives or additives

What Is Great About It?

The hibiscus flower is a bright pink flower that, when dried, can be steeped for tea. It results in a gorgeous tea with a slightly tart flavor. You can drink it as is or sweeten it with some raw honey to taste.

If you choose to make iced tea with hibiscus, you will gain some incredible health benefits.  Studies show that hibiscus tea may help prevent cancer, support liver function, promote weight loss and help lower blood pressure. It is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. If you sweeten it with raw honey, you will boost the health benefits even more!  

Are There Any Drawbacks?

There are no drawbacks to the tea itself. However, be aware that hibiscus tea can be quite tart. Therefore, you may want to test a small amount before making a large batch of iced tea.

Best Mild Iced Tea: White

Twinings White Tea, 100% Natural Fujian Chinese Tea with a Light & Fresh Delicate Flavor, Low Caffeine, White Tea, 20 Tea Bags (Pack of 2)
  • BENEFITS OF WHITE TEA BEVERAGES: White tea is loaded with antioxidants, delicious, and versatile—may be served hot or iced. Try a cup of tea or glass of iced tea to help fight off the afternoon slump at work or enjoy it anytime.
  • FRESH, LIGHT & DELICATE FLAVOR: Brew hot tea by the teacup or prepare a large batch in a tea pot. The light, delicate, and slightly floral flavor of Twining White Tea can be sweetened or lightened with milk according to your preference.
  • LESS CAFFEINE THAN BLACK TEA: Twining White Tea has 25-30 mg of caffeine per serving compared to unflavored black tea at 40-65 mg in a serving. 
  • ABOUT WHITE TEA: Primarily grown in the Fujian Province of China, White Tea is also known as Silvery Tip Pekoe, Fujian White or China White. One of the world’s highest quality teas because only the unopened buds and youngest, most tender tips are chosen.
  • TEA PREPARATION SUGGESTION: Bring water to a boil and pour over a Twinings tea bag in a teacup or mug as soon as it reaches boiling. White tea should be steeped for 1 minute. We do not recommend using a microwave to prepare our tea.

What Is Great About It?

White tea has a very delicate flavor and produces a flavor-filled, albeit mild iced tea. It comes from tea buds picked just before they fully open. On top of the smooth, delicate flavor, white tea comes with one additional benefit. The steeping process requires far less time than green or black tea leaves due to their delicate nature. That means you can have your batch of white iced tea ready in no time!

A favorite tea for centuries, it has been prized in traditional medicine for its health benefits. White tea is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies also show that it may support brain health, lower insulin resistance and lower the risk of osteoporosis.

You might also be interested in our Holy Basil tea guide.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

White tea does contain some caffeine. If you avoid caffeine or are limiting your intake, you will want to turn towards herbal tea as your iced tea base.

Iced Tea with a Kick: Peppermint

Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, Peppermint, Caffeine Free, 20 Tea Bags (Pack of 6)
  • Six 20 count boxes of Peppermint Herbal tea bags
  • Pure peppermint leaves from the Pacific Northwest for a cool, refreshing taste
  • Caffeine and gluten free
  • No artificial flavors, colors or artificial preservatives
  • Steep in hot water for 4 6 minutes for the perfect cup

What Is Great About It?

Peppermint has a very distinct aroma and flavor. It has been prized for much of recent history due to its great taste and excellent health benefits. Herbalists use peppermint to help support digestion, relaxation, and fight infections.

Recent research seems to support many of the traditional medicinal uses for peppermint. So, you may be able to positively support your health when you choose peppermint iced tea!

Are There Any Drawbacks?

No, there aren’t any drawbacks. Peppermint has a very distinct and robust flavor. However, if you prefer a smooth iced tea, it won’t be the best choice for you.  

Best Traditional Iced Tea: Black

Bigelow Constant Comment Black Tea, Caffeinated, 20 Count (Pack of 6), 120 Total Tea Bags
  • The Tea That Started It All: Known for its deep curious spiced flavor Constant Comment has been a favorite of tea lovers since 1945. Black tea blended with orange peel cinnamon and other aromatic spices it's no wonder this tea is the talk of the town
  • Individually Wrapped: Bigelow Tea always come individually wrapped in foil pouches for peak flavor, freshness and aroma to enjoy everywhere you go! Gluten-free, calorie-free, and Kosher Certified
  • Try Every Flavor: There's a tea for morning, noon, and night time relaxation. Try our English Breakfast, Vanilla Chai, antioxidant Green Tea, decaffeinated teas, organic teas and a variety of our herbal tea bags
  • Blended and Packaged in the USA: In 1945 Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our first tea, Constant Comment, a strong, flavorful black tea blended with aromatic orange peel and sweet warming spices. Today, Bigelow is still 100% Family Owned
  • Uncompromised Quality: Since 1945, Bigelow Tea has been a leader in premium tea and proud to be a Certified B Corporation - meeting the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability

What Is Great About It?

Traditionally, iced tea is made from black tea and is likely what you are used to drinking. Therefore, it makes a fantastic base for iced tea. You can drink it straight or as sweet tea, depending on your preference. Black tea can be turned into iced tea by steeping the tea leaves. Or, if you prefer, you can turn it into a classic sun tea. With all the options and variations, black iced tea is a traditional favorite.

What you may not know is that your favorite iced tea comes with some wonderful health benefits. Black tea has lots of antioxidant properties. Studies show that it may help improve gut health, reduce cancer risk, help lower blood pressure and the risk of stroke, and may help boost heart health.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

There are no drawbacks to this beloved iced tea. However, as a reminder, black tea is caffeinated. If you’re avoiding caffeine, try one of our herbal recommendations!