Let me just start this out by sharing one thing.
I don’t like sweet tea.
I love iced tea, with lemon.
I love lemonade.
And I love Arnold Palmer’s (a mix of lemonade and iced tea) but I don’t like sweet tea. It tends to be too cloyingly sweet for me; I prefer the sweet-tart bite that lemonade provides.
So when I tell you to add sugar to your tea in a few minutes, keep in mind that basically what you’re making is an all natural lightly sweetened lemonade and iced tea all at the same time.
Because, basically, lemonade is made from lemons and water and sugar, right? And iced tea is made with water. And tea. So put it all together, all at the same time and you have the lazy woman’s way to make an Arnold Palmer.
(Oh, and I make it as a concentrate, so that I can add plentiful ice and cold water to the concentrate once it’s steeped to cool it down and drink it quicker than if I had to wait for the entire thing to cool.)
Does that make sense? Good. Enjoy.
makes 1/2 gallon of concentrate, which makes one gallon of beverage
- 14 black tea bags (Substituting in a few tea bags of Earl Grey is a nice touch)
- 2 lemons, washed and sliced into thin rounds
- 4 Tablespoons of the natural sweetener of your choice (honey works well, as does cane sugar)
- 1/2 gallon of just-boiled water
- In a half-gallon jar, add tea, lemon and sugar. Pour just-boiled water on top and allow to steep until lukewarm, about half an hour.
- At this point, you can remove the tea bags and store in your fridge to make within a day or two, or . . .
- Remove tea bags (and at least half if not all the lemon) and combine in a gallon-size container with ice and water to fill.
- Enjoy over ice.