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Ice Chest Tea

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  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 20+
  • Category: Drinks


Ice Chest Tea is the perfect drink to serve to a crowd. It’s refreshing and everyone loves it!


  • 3 large bags crushed ice (like Sonic or Braum’s ice)
  • 3/4 cup instant unsweetened tea mix (such as Lipton)
  • 1 gallon (16 cups) water
  • 21/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 gallon (16 cups) water
  • 1/2 (7.5 ounce) bottle frozen premium lemon juice, thawed (such as Minute Maid)
  • 4 large oranges, cut in thick slices
  • 4 large lemons, cut in thick slices


  1. Add the 3 bags of crushed ice to a clean ice chest that holds at least 25 quarts.
  2. Dilute the instant tea in 1 gallon of water. Dilute the sugar in 1 gallon of water.
  3. Let the tea and sugar dilute while you slice the oranges and lemons.
  4. Add the diluted tea, diluted sugar, thawed lemon juice, sliced oranges and sliced lemons to the ice chest with the ice. Stir to combine. Let set or serve immediately.


It is recommended to make the tea one day in advance of serving, however, I usually make it the same day and it is still good.

It will keep well in the ice chest for about 3 days. You can add more ice if necessary.