My parents' passion for iced tea taught me to create my own love for it.
I didn’t grow up in the deep south, but I was halfway there right in a Kansas suburb. My parents really loved iced tea. Every time we went out to a restaurant, the server would ask for our drink order and seconds later, would return with sweating glasses of iced tea for them.
At home, though, they brewed their own in a clear glass gallon. Their iced tea recipe marinated in the water for hours.
Recently, my husband and I suddenly developed an interest in iced tea, too.
“I wonder how to brew iced tea,” he said to me when we were wandering in a store one evening picking up some essentials. Then, I had the flashback of that gallon container bathing in the sunlight all afternoon in the backyard while I played kickball with the neighbors.
I’m going to share an easy secret on how to make iced tea, even if you don’t have a backyard.
Easy Way To Make Iced Tea
- Put 5 tea bags in a gallon container.
- Boil 200 degree water (not steaming all the way, but just when you start to hear a slight rumble to the water inside the pot).
- Very carefully measure 5 cups of the hot water into the gallon container.
- Let tea bags soak in hot water for 5 minutes.
- Measure 5 more cups of cold water into gallon container.
- Let tea bags soak for another 5 minutes, then remove bags.
- After cooling, put the container in the refrigerator for 3-5 hours.
*Note: Sunlight helps make tea brew in faster than three hours because the leaves are extracted in the heat of the rays. If you plan on making a sun tea recipe, you can skip the hot water and just use all cool water, then set the gallon in the sunlit window for at least five hours.
*Tip: If you'd rather not spend the money on buying a new container, try recyling an empty gallon milk jug.
Hibiscus Iced Tea Lovers Recipe
One of the ways I fell in love with tea was from this tropical hibiscus iced tea recipe. Use the brewing methods above, but add the following in the drink before refridgeration after you remove the tea bags. This will help create a slight natural fruit sweetness to the tea on hot summer afternoons. Plus, this drink just looks passionately beautiful.
- 3 strawberries, sliced
- 1 lime, squeezed
- 3 chunks of pineapple
Iced tea is a perfect alternative if you're trying to kick the soda habit. Or it's perfect for any hot day! Enjoy!