Put “home-made” or “from scratch” in front of anything and that thing automatically gets launched into the realm of awesome .. usually. There are some things that you should just buy from a store or order in a restaurant. Like lasagna or sushi. I’ve done both home-made from-scratch with okay results, but the effort involved was not even anywhere near worth it. Iced tea on the other hand, is one of the things that you should never buy in a store. Ever. It is stupid easy to make at home, and so good, you will wonder how the iced tea making companies managed to fool us for so long. So that’s it, if you are reading this you will never buy iced tea again, never ever ever.
Here’s what you need:
- 3 tea bags, orange pecko
- a pitcher of water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 lemon, sliced (optional)
Here’s what to do:
Fill a pitcher with water, a little bit over where you would consider it full, to allow for some evaporation. Pour this into a pot on the stove. Add the tea bags and lemon slices (if you want lemon flavoured tea). Boil until the tea is a beautiful copper brown.
Remove the tea bags with a slotted spoon, add sugar, and stir. When the sugar has dissolved in the hot liquid, turn off the heat and let stand until cool enough to handle. Empty the pot into your pitcher, refrigerate to chill, and you are done. Told you it was easy!
This is technically a sweetened iced tea, but I find the sugar content great enough to be appetizing, but not too sweet to arouse any guilt. If you are looking for a slightly naughtier version, use 1.5 cups of sugar for sweet tea, or 2 cups for a decadent ‘deep-South’ style sweet tea -I limit myself to one pitcher of this a year, the stuff is practically syrup.
Not sure how long this will ‘keep’ in the fridge, it doesn’t last long enough for me to find out. I have to make a batch once or twice a week during the summer, because when you can offer someone a glass of home-made iced tea, you too get automatically launched into the realm of awesome.