I love tea. Hot or cold, day or night, out and about in my bed, well or sick. It is my ultimate drink. I’ve been drinking tea since I was very young, and have always had some on hand. When I drink tea hot, I typically drink it black, unless I am sick, I have it with the teeniest bit of honey. In the summer, I like a big tall glass of sweet tea or an Arnold Palmer.
This week’s Thirsty Thursday, I am going to show you how to make a perfectly sweetened, undiluted sweet tea that tastes like tea and not sugar water. There is nothing worse than when you got to a restaurant and the tea doesn’t taste like tea, or it is too sweet. I also don’t like recipes for sweet tea that dilute the tea with simple syrup or add lots of water.
I know, we are months away from summer, but if you are like me you are craving summer. Personally, I’m craving a day above 10 degrees. The #PolarVortex is back, or should I call her The #PolarWHOREtex. She is drunk on attention and power, and is apparently bringing snow with her this weekend.
No worries, I’m going to lock myself in the house, have a Harold Ramis (one of my all time favorite comedy heroes) movie marathon starting with my summertime favorite Caddyshack and drink gallon upon gallon of this Perfect Sweet Tea, and just pretend it is Summertime. Who’s with me?
Perfect Sweet Tea
12 Cups Boiling Water
4 Black Tea Bags
1/2 cup to 3/4 cups granulated sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
Lots of ice
Lemon for garnish (optional)
In a large heat safe pitcher steep tea bags in hot water for 5-7 minutes. While, tea steeps, fill glasses with ice. Carefully remove bags. To the pitcher add sugar and stir until dissolved. The sugar should stir in pretty easily as water is still very warm. Pour mixture over ice in glasses, garnish with lemon and serve immediately. Store the extra tea in the refrigerator.
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