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How to Make Iced Tea

Sweet or Unsweetened? A Southern Take on Iced Tea

In the South, iced tea is the standard, and waiters greet you with the question "Sweet or unsweetened?" rather than "What can I get you to drink?" My answer is usually half and half, as most Southern sweet teas are practically syrup; I like my iced tea edging toward bitter but still slightly crisp and not too dark.

This particular iced tea uses Lipton, the most commonly found tea in American grocery stores. Add it to a glass full of crunchy ice with a squeezed lemon wedge and a straw, and let the hot, lazy days of Summer begin! Keep reading to learn how to make iced tea.

Easy Iced Tea

Easy Iced Tea

Iced Tea

Ingredients

5 cups water
3 black tea bags, such as Lipton
3 cups ice
1-2 lemons
Simple syrup, to taste (optional)

Directions

Adding more tea bags and increasing the brew time will bestow a stronger batch. For sweet tea, add 1-2 teaspoons of simple syrup per cup of water. The tea will keep refrigerated for 3 days.

  1. Boil 5 cups water in a saucepan. Add tea bags, and let sit for 3-5 minutes; remove teabags. If desired, stir in simple syrup to taste.
  2. Allow tea to come to room temperature, then pour into a pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled, or pour over tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Makes 5 cups.

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