Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Fave: Iced Tea (with Sweet Tea Recipe)

Happy Friday!

It is already hot and feels very much like Summer in Atlanta.  In this weather, I especially love iced tea.  I'm from the south, and tea is my drink of choice.  In all but the coldest weather, I have a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge.

My "everyday" iced tea is Lipton Cold Brew.  It is light and tastes great unsweetened.  I make it by the gallon.  It's easy to make:  brew tea 5 minutes in cold water, and then refrigerate.  It reminds me a lot of sun tea.

Every month or so, though, I want the real thing -- old fashioned southern sweet tea.  It's so easy to make:

3 regular tea bags (not family size!)
1/2 cup sugar
boiling water
2 quart pitcher

Just put the tea bags in boiling water in a 2 quarter pitcher.  Let it brew for 5 minutes.  Immediately stir in the 1/2 cup sugar.  Let it cool in the fridge.

This makes perfect, not-too-strong, sweet tea that is not syrupy sweet.  This is how we made it when I was growing up, and I still love it best this way.

Wishing you a great weekend -- with time for a good book and a glass of iced tea!