Perfect Iced Tea
My iced tea never turned out the same any time I made it because I never measured. I finally started measuring and wrote down what I used. My family agreed that the following made the perfect pitcher!
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- In a 4-cup measuring cup, heat 4 cups water in microwave to boiling.
- Place tea bags in water and let steep for 5- 10 minutes.
- Pour sugar into 2 quart pitcher and pour hot tea over it.
- Squeeze tea bags to get out any remaining tea; add tea to pitcher and discard bags (if they are too hot to squeeze by hand, pull them up the side of the measuring cup with the strings and press with a spoon).
- Stir hot tea until sugar is dissolved.
- Add 4 cups cold water and lemon juice; stir well.
- Chill until very cold and serve over ice with lemon.
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Thanks for a basic recipe I can play around with to invent our "perfect iced tea." This time I used a combination of half pomegranate and half lemon tea bags. It had a nice fruity flavor to it. I may reduce the sugar next time. I wouldn't have said it was "too sweet," but maybe sweeter than necessary.<br/>NOTE: I have been using 1/2 cup of sugar to prepare "sweeter" teas and 3/4 cup sugar to prepare "less sweet" teas and this has worked well for us. I also sometimes omit the lemon juice if I don't think it will work well with the flavor of the tea I am using.Reply
This was WAY TOO SWEET! Not only that, but it was also too strong. I made half. I used mango tea (might be the reason it was also sweet) I added a bit more water and evened it out, but still too sweet. It's a good recipe to alter though, since I never knew the 'basics' of ice tea. Next time I will use only a couple of teaspoons of sugar and 2 bags instead of 4. Thanks for this recipe!Reply
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