Enjoying the Simple Pleasures of Life, While Living in a Complicated World

Easy Iced Tea and Sweetener

A simple pleasure during the summer is a tall glass of thirst quenching,  ice cold tea. The second pleasure is having another tall glass of iced tea.

Traditionally, iced tea requires boiling water, several tea bags, lengthy cooling period (so you can put it in the refrigerator) and a waiting period for the tea to become cold and ready to drink.

Bye, Bye Sun Tea

An alternative method of brewing iced tea, the popular ‘sun tea’ method, requires considerable time in the sun in order to make a flavorful ‘brew’ ready for the refrigerator. I’ve also emailed several tea companies and asked them if their tea is suitable for use in making popular ‘sun tea’. The draw back of ‘sun tea’, is leaving the tea bags too long in full sun, which develops a strong acidic ‘bite’ that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste which cannot be corrected by watering it down or adding sugar.

Lipton has developed a blend of tea to make ice tea that is delicious and easy to make, without a cool down time!  You can make 1 gallon of iced tea quickly (15 minutes ), which is ready for the refrigerator or ice cubes.

To Sweeten or Not to Sweeten, That is the Question

How many times have you ordered unsweetened iced tea in a restaurant and have resorted to opening several sugar packets to get a flavorful beverage? The result is a layer of ‘sugar sand’ on the bottom of the glass and every time you take a sip from your straw, you get a gritty mouthful of sugar and tea. Not very appetizing.

If you prefer your iced tea sweetened, here’s an easy recipe you can make to add to your iced tea pitcher or in individual iced tea glasses. You or your guests can control the amount of sweetness in creating the perfect glass of iced tea!

Recipe: Easy Sugar Syrup

In a medium saucepan on low heat, stir 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water until the sugar dissolves and the mixture become clear. Remove from heat and pour into a heat proof container or small/medium canning jar. Store in the refrigerator and use to sweeten individual servings to taste or add the entire mixture to 1 gallon of Lipton iced tea.

From now on, your iced tea will be crystal clear (minus the sugar haze) with no ‘sugar sand’ buildup on the bottom of pitchers or glasses, and sweetened to your desired taste.

Enjoy!

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