Iced tea is difficult to get right… Sweetened or unsweetened? Buy it already made or make it yourself? Lemon, peach raspberry or lime? Well, here are my three favorite recipes to make the perfect glass of the unique ice cold drink.
Granny’s Favorite (Black Currant Cranberry Iced Tea with Crystallized Ginger)
Possibly the most unique recipe comes from my very own Grandmother, who practically lives on Iced Tea; she drinks at least three glasses a day! Of course, she makes her own using what she describes as a ‘secret family recipe’. Whether or not she stole it from an elderly friend is unknown to me. What is unique about this tasty recipe is that there isn’t just one flavour your mouth can focus on; the cranberry and ginger compliment each other in a bizarre but very pleasant way.
What you’ll need: 6 cups water
12 black currant tea bags 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger 6 tbsp cranberry juice 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup honey 8 crystallised ginger rounds
First, boil 6 cups of water in a large pot. Add tea bags and fresh ginger and then remove from heat. After allowing the tea to steep for 10 minutes, add the juice and sugar and then chill. Before serving, strain the tea and garnish with crystallised ginger rounds.
Famously Sweet (Southern Sweet Tea)
I found this recipe online a little while ago: much to the delight of my whole family (they have a sweet tooth). This particular Iced Tea is famous in the South of America, especially amongst those keen on a sweeter drink. I love this recipe when I’m in the mood for something a little sweeter than usual; perfect for sipping outside in the sun or inside by the fire.
What you’ll need: 3 cups water 2 family-size tea bags 3/4 cup sugar 7 cups cold water
First, bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan; then add the tea bags. Boil for 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes. Then, discard the tea bags. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.
Distinctively Minty (Mint Julep Sweet Tea)
This is another Iced Tea recipe I cannot get enough of. It is a combination of the classic Sweet Tea recipe and a recipe called ‘Mint Julep’. A friend of mine scribbled it down from memory after I bought a bottle of Lipton. Obviously, I was a little hesitant to try a recipe noted down on the back of a napkin from memory… But, boy was I wrong! As a treat, I’ll now kick back on the lawn chair as the sun goes down and enjoy my classic Iced Tea combination.
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves 1 lemon, sliced 2 tablespoons sugar 3 cups cold sweetened tea 1 cup bourbon Crushed ice Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
First, you’ll need to combine the first 3 ingredients into a 2-qt. pitcher. Then, press your mint leaves against sides of the pitcher with back of a spoon to release the ever important flavours. Stir in the tea and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if you fancy it.
Well, there you have it! My three all time best Iced Tea recipes! I hope I’ve persuaded you to run to your local store and grab the necessary ingredients! You may not have tried the recipes yet, but you’ll know them off by heart soon enough once you’ve made them for you or your family more times than you can count.
Southern Sweet Tea: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/southern-sweet-tea-50400000112194/
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