A recipe for a wonderfully refreshing summer cooler. Even the kids in my family love this one. The small amount of lemon simple syrup flavors the tea perfectly – just a hint of sweetness and lemon.
You will need:
1 gallon pitcher
6 tea bags
Scant 1/2 cup sugar
In a medium pot, bring 6 cups of water to a full boil. Turn off heat. Place tea bags into water to steep for 10-15 minutes, then squeeze all water from the bags into the pot.
Put 2-3 inches of ice into a gallon sized pitcher. Pour hot tea over ice. Alternate adding ice and water, 2 inches at a time, until liquid level nears the top of the pitcher.
Over medium-high heat (you can use the same, un-rinsed pot from the tea), cook scant 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water until sugar is completely dissolved, stirring almost constantly. Squeeze in the juice of 3-4 lemons, stir, turn off heat. Pour syrup mixture into tea mixture.
Stir well, serve, enjoy!
Why not swap out a few coffees or sodas a week for a few cups of fresh tea? Tea contains antioxidants, but white and green teas contain more antioxidants than black tea. Antioxidants help break down free radicals in the body. Free radicals can cause a breakdown of the body’s healthy cells, possibly leading to disease. Brewed tea will have higher levels of antioxidants than instant, bottled or canned tea.
Yesterday I stopped by Amelia’s house to pick some of her awesome lemons. She was making this iced tea. It was awesome. I think I took down three glasses of it. Of course, the addition of her gorgeous lemons helps all recipes. Check it out! I had to come home and make my own pitcher. Awesome!