Ice Chest Tea

Jul 9, 2013 | 17 comments

Today I’m sharing a recipe that I used at our Fourth of July get-together.
I love making this drink for large family gatherings because it is super simple, easy to make and serves many.
About 40 (maybe more)
Prep Time:
10 minutes
3 8lb. bags of ice (we like to use Braums or Sonic ice)
2 cups of Lipton Instant Iced Tea (un-sweet)
7 cups of sugar
1 frozen pink lemonade
3 lemons sliced (not squeezed)
3 oranges sliced (not squeezed)
2 gallons of water
First, add your 3 bags of ice to your ice-chest. I like to use the smaller rounded ice you get from Braums or Sonic because it doesn’t melt as fast.
Mix two cups of Lipton Instant Tea with one gallon of water in a bowl. When both are mixed together thoroughly, dump into ice-chest.
Next, bring the other gallon of water to a boil and add it to the 7 cups of sugar. Mix well until all is dissolved and then add to the ice-chest.
Add your frozen lemonade (mine wasn’t so frozen after making it home from the grocery store) directly into the ice chest.
 Mix everything together thoroughly.
Slice oranges and lemons and add to the ice chest.
Mix well and the tea is ready to serve!
If you are not a big sweet fan then this won’t be your drink of choice but it is something easy to bring and is usually a hit! I love to change it up a bit and add something different to a family cookout.


  1. Sarah Tucker

    Ummmm YUM! I WILL be trying this when we have a BBQ in a couple weeks!

  2. Ashley

    This reminds me of College and chests full of hunch punch. we even had a few brown concoctions :)

  3. Amy

    That looks delicious!

    • Kenzie Ashcraft

      It is so good but don’t blame me for your sugar coma! :)

  4. Kayli Schattner

    Love this idea!!! What a great idea for a party with lots of people- not to mention, it looks so delicious!

  5. Mandi Roach

    This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen! And totally something a southerner would do! lol!

  6. Alyssa @ Sweet Shangrila

    Oh yum, this looks so good!! I’ve never thought to make a drink in the cooler like that but what a good idea!

  7. Abigail

    What a neat recipe, definitely going to have to try this.

  8. Stacy

    I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! Glad to have the recipe now 😋


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