I am a Southern girl. I love tea. I love all sorts of tea. But nothing is better than a glass of perfectly sweetened iced tea. I don’t like syrup and while I can handle unsweet tea, I prefer this recipe to anything else. It’s pretty simple too. However, you need to boil the water and tea. As much as it’s a pain and all these special teas now claim you don’t have too, you’re not going to get a proper glass of southern iced tea without boiling. Sorry. All you need is :
– 2 family size tea bags. I use the Lipton Family Size Iced Tea bags. The one that is specifically for brew iced tea.
– 1 cup sugar
– 10 cups of water ( I filter mine).
– a gallon sized pitcher.
Put 3 cups of water on medium high heat. Once it’s boiling put the two tea bags in and let that boil uncovered for 1 minute. After a minute, turn off the heat and let the tea bags sit in the water, covered, for 10 minutes. Meanwhile put the remaining 7 cups of water in the pitcher and place in the fridge. After the 10 minutes are up, discard the tea bags and put in the cup of sugar. Stir this for a good minute, letting the sugar dissolve. Once the sugar is dissolved put the tea in the pitcher of cold water. Pretty simple.
Here are some tips:
– Don’t like how ice waters your tea down? Put some tea in an ice tray and freeze it. Use this instead of ice, chills your tea and doesn’t water it down.
– You can do the same thing with frozen peaches.
– Don’t leave the tea out of the fridge. It will ferment at room temperature because of the sugar.