We drink lots of iced tea around here. I usually have a pitcher in the fridge ready to go at all times. Usually the kids leave it alone and it's all for me....until I started making this recipe. Now I can't keep the pitcher full. Every time I reach for it in the fridge there is about a half cup of dregs in the bottom. At least I know it's a winner. So here is a great recipe for summer and beyond.
Sweet Lemon Iced Tea
- 4 cups boiled hot water
- 1 cup sugar (honey, organic, splenda...whatever)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (takes the bitterness from the tea)
- 8 tea bags (Orange Pekoe is the best although I've used Green too)
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 gallon jar
Measure sugar and place in large mixing bowl with 1 cup lemon juice and baking soda. Stir to blend Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and place tea bags in the pan to steep for no more than 5 minutes. Remove the bags and discard being sure not to squeeze the bags. This can release the tannin which causes your tea to taste bitter. Pour hot tea into sugar/lemon mixture and stir to mix well. Transfer into one gallon container and fill to the top with cold water. Refrigerate and serve over ice.
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