I was raised on Iced Tea in the summer. Granted, it was a slightly different version than the one I make now, but the tradition was started and continues to this day.
As I’ve learned through the years, Iced Tea is not a staple in every household. Some folks have no idea what Iced Tea is – they drink tea hot, something I’m not exactly a fan of.
To be clear, I’m a purist; give me a rich dark tea with sugar and lots of ice cubes and I’m a happy lady. I don’t particularly care for the flavored types, but every once in a while I might give one a try. Unsweetened? Yeah, I can do that, but prefer the sugar. Lemon is optional.
These days I make my iced tea with tea bags and boiling water. I do have a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker that does the job easier and with less mess than by using boiling water over tea bags. Each works just fine.
Keep in mind you want to brew your tea stronger than you might want to drink as you will be diluting it with ice. Unless, of course, you make your ice cubes with left over tea.
The Basic Recipe
Pour four cups of boiling water over two teabags into a heat-proof pitcher and leave for three to five minutes. Remove the teabags, and sweeten to taste by adding a little sugar. Stir in six cups of ice cubes until melted, or use four cups of cold water. Add in freshly cut lemon slices for some citrus zing, and keep refrigerated.
If you are interested, this method is a strictly no electricity version. Fill a gallon jug with cold water, put in 6 regular sized tea bags (be sure to clip the strings together so they don’t fall into the water) set the jug outside in the sun and leave it alone. Keep an eye on it – once the color gets to where you like your tea, bring it inside. Sweeten and cool as you like.
For the record, I have tried the k-cups to make iced tea. I’m not a real fan. I don’t care for the sweetener used in the cup. When I make my tea, using the Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker, I use Family Size bags. Less mess, better brew.
There is nothing like a cold glass of iced tea on a hot day. Refreshing, relaxing, satisfying.
Why not make a batch and see for yourself. 🙂