Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Tasty Tuesday: Unsweet Tea with a side of sweet
If you're from the South, you probably already know how to make tea. And. If you aren't from the South, you probably don't drink enough iced tea to make it yourself. But let's say for the benefit of this post that you don't know how to make iced tea, okay?
Get some family size tea bags. The key for good tea is to make sure it's fresh, so if the box you're buying from the store is dusty, just walk away. The box directions generally say four family size tea bags for a gallon, I heartily suggest using 5 or 6 for the best results. Boil a quart of water and let them steep for about ten minutes, longer if you like it bitter, if you want it stronger then add more tea bags not more steeping time.
Take a gallon container and fill it half way with ice, pour water on top of the ice and then add the brewed tea. Stir with a wooden spoon, because it just feels better. Viola, iced tea!
Now for the side of sweet. I don't drink sweet tea, but my daughter does so I make this for her. Measure one cup of water and one cup of sugar into a pot, bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, let it cook a minute or two longer until the liquid is completely clear. Cool and place in a pourable container. I suggest that you pour your sugar water into your cup first so you can see how much you're putting in and then pour over the tea, stir, taste, add more if you like. The side of sweet can be stored in the fridge.
What tasty things have you had lately?