In recent years, I’ve become addicted to store-bought iced tea. Only one particular brand and flavor, which I will not mention because I’m not a paid endorsee. Now, I don’t really believe you can become addicted to tea, especially this tea. I think it contains more sugar and artificial flavors than actual tea. I can drink a gallon and it doesn’t keep me up at night.
Every now and then, I make my own iced tea in order to cut back on the fake stuff and to get the full benefits of caffeine.
The recipe I’m about to share is based on my friend’s Sweet Tea recipe—Kim from Savannah. We’re going to make a concentrate that will yield a full gallon of tea.
Fill a teapot with water and heat it to almost a boil, but do not let it boil or the tea will be bitter. In the pot, or in a glass container, add a cup of sugar, let it dissolve, and then add four tea bags.
Let that rest for a few hours or even overnight. When the water cools to room temperature, pour it into a gallon container and add ice and cold water.
Now the best part, Lorraine’s special touch: add the zest of a half an orange, some orange slices, and the zest of a whole lemon.
Serve over ice in a tall glass with a sprig of mint or a wedge of lemon.