Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Iced Tea: Three Ways

Iced tea is my favorite beverage. Peach, raspberry, sweetened, unsweetened. It's unfortunate how much sugar store mixes ones have and I positively hate the artificial flavors of the diet varieties.

Here is how to make wonderfully inexpensive and authentic iced tea, three ways.

Way One

Bring two quarts of water to a boil.

Steep 6-8 tea bags in the hot water for 8 minutes.

Add 1/3 a cup of sugar into the tea, and stir until dissolved.

Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a pitcher of water already filled with two quarts of cold water.

Then squeeze the juice of one lemon into the pitcher, careful to avoid the seeds.

Let the lemons steep in the tea until cooled.




Way Two

Follow above directions omitting the sugar and lemon.

You now have unsweetened iced tea.


Way Three

To make the unsweetened iced tea customizable to each of your guests make these simple syrups:

Raspberry Mint Simple Syrup

1 cup of frozen raspberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1 sprig of mint

Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer until thickened. Strain and let cool.



Lemon Simple Syrup

Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water

Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer until thickened. Strain and let cool.

Add to the unsweetened iced tea for your own personal iced tea!

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