We’ve severely cut back on pop and juice in the past year. Except for tonic water, and I’m not sure that you’d call that pop. The occasional G&T in our house is considered medicinal. My husband drove all the way back into town for me on the weekend when he found that we were out. He agreed that 4 hours spent herding kids in a cold arena while standing on cement floors was worth a large drink. I’m definitely renewing his contract.
Anyway, for the rest of the week, this is the alternative to pop in our house. The kids love it and I like that there is nothing artificial about it. I make it at least once every week. It can be sweetened with your choice of sweetener – I use sugar, but have tried honey in the past. This makes 4 litres (1 US gallon) at a time – which lasts a few days at my house. You could halve the recipe easily enough. I should mention too that this is much cheaper than buying juices and pop.
Sweet Lemony Iced Tea
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 cup sugar (or whatever sweetener you prefer)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 8 tea bags
- 1 cup lemon juice
Pour boiling water over tea bags and steep for 15 minutes (the original recipe said only for 5, but I found it too weak – but if you let it steep too long it will get bitter). Mix together remaining ingredients separately and add once the tea bags have been removed (don’t squeeze the bags or you’ll make the brew bitter). Add enough cold water to fill up a gallon (4L) jug and refrigerate.
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I’d never heard that squeezing the bags makes tea bitter, yet I’ve always done it. Maybe that’s why I’ve never really liked the ice tea I make (and therefore almost never make)!!
I think the baking soda is also supposed to help with the bitterness.
I do love a good iced tea 🙂
I love your pitcher!
Baking soda definitely helps with the bitterness! I don’t like sweetened iced tea, but a few sprigs of lemon grass or mint in the water is also awesome.
I’ll have to try that too. Thanks.
I’ve never made iced tea but this has made me think I should try it! looks good 🙂
I’ve been making it for a year now – I’d never made it before that. My family loves it.
Being from the southern US, sweet tea is a staple in our lives. I guess I just assumed everyone made it that way until we moved in a neighborhood with lots of people transplanted from up north. They didn’t know you put sugar in the tea. Very strange how people make the same thing differently. My family jokes that I like a lot of sugar water with a little tea in it. Hee hee! Thanks for teaching other people how to make sweet tea by joining my party this week.
Iced tea is always sweet up here. I had a surprise the first time I ordered iced tea in New York and got.. cold tea. I thought it was a joke.
This looks so refreshing! Thanks for sharing the baking soda tip.
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