As a southern gal from South Carolina, I love my sweet iced tea! It is true that nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina sitting on your front porch, on a hot sultry summer day, sipping on a cold glass of sweet tea, while reading a great book! I am thirsty just thinking about it! Here, I will share with you three of my favorite iced tea recipes. I hope you will try each and enjoy them as much as I do!
Classic Southern Sweet Iced Tea with a Special Ingredient (makes 2 liters or 67.7 fl oz.)
This is the classic way to brew tea. I learned to make it this way from Laura Prince, who baby -sat me when I was young while my mother worked. She was also an older mentor of mine, and a dear friend until her death in the 1980’s. The special ingredient is baking soda! It removes the bitterness for a smooth taste and it makes the tea clear!
Ingredients for the Tea
¼-teaspoon baking soda
8 cups water
4 family size black tea bags (I use Luzianne brand)
¾ cup sugar (use 1 cup of sugar for sweeter tea)
Heat 8 cups of water in a large saucepan until it just starts to boil. Remove from heat, and add baking soda and the 4 tea bags. Let the bags steep for 5 minutes.
While the bags are steeping, make the simple syrup by combining the 1-c up cold water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
Remove the teabags from the medium saucepan. Pour the steeped tea into a heatproof pitcher. Pour in the simple syrup mixture, stir, and serve over ice!
Tip: I chill the tea in the refrigerator until it is cold and then pour it over ice. Garnish the tea with lemons and/ or a sprig of mint and enjoy this delicious tea! This tea is even better the second day after making, if there is any left!
Cynthia’s Raspberry Tea (makes about 10 cups)
Another of my favorite iced tea recipes comes from the the book “Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader, page 196. “The Mitford Books Series,” all written by author Jan Karon are a great Southern read, while sipping on this wonderfully flavorful raspberry tea! Jan Karon is one of my favorite authors!
Ingredients for the Tea
3 Lipton family-size teabags, tags removed
1- Cup granulated sugar
1 (12 oz.) can frozen raspberry lemonade, thawed
Place the teabags in a pottery or glass pitcher, and pour 2 cups of cold water over them. Bring a kettle with 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Pour over the teabags and cover the pitcher with a small plate. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, remove the teabags, add the sugar, and stir until dissolved. Add 3 cups of cold water to the tea and stir in the lemonade until dissolved. Add the cherries before serving. Serve over ice. I love this tea because it is full of flavor!
Blueberry – Lemon Iced Tea (makes 5 cups)
Easy and delicious, this blueberry lemon iced tea recipe comes from my favorite website, my recipes.com to find easy and delicious recipes. I love this tea recipe because it is easy, and I love blueberries for their taste as well as their nutritional benefits!
The recipe and instructions for the blueberry-lemon iced tea is at the link above. Just click on it and it will take you straight to the recipe page.
Entertain with any or all of these three favorite tea recipes. Your guests will love them!