Basic (But Perfect) Iced Tea Recipe
Daily Value: 4%
Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Fat-Free, Low-Fat-Abs
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Before you cast your traditional iced tea aside and get wild with interesting mix-ins, here's a recipe to help you make the basic version perfectly every time.
- 6-8 tea bags
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 quart cold water
- ½ cup sugar or ¼ cup honey, optional
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Drop in the tea bags in and steep for only 10-12 minutes, otherwise it will be too strong and tannic tasting. After steeping, take out the bags, squeeze gently and discard them. (Unless, of course, you were brought up in a house like mine, where tea bags are re-used three times. Probably why I became a chef.)
Sweeten if you like now — you may also use Stevia, agave, or Truvia for sweetener if you prefer. Place the hot tea in a pitcher and add the remaining cold water. Refrigerate until chilled.
Makes 2 quartsServings: 8