Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Desperate times call for desperate measures ... like iced tea
And the times lately have certainly been desperate as far as heat and humidity are concerned.
As a rule at our house, we no longer drink sweetened beverages. Mr. T does use a little stevia in his coffee. But for cold beverages, our first choice is always nice cold water. Sometimes we will have kombucha. I enjoy unsweetened iced tea with lemon, but my hubby does not, so I don't usually bother making it just for me. Usually, water is the most refreshing and most usual cold drink for us.
However. There are times when a lightly sweetened iced tea is just the ticket. We've had an unusually long spell of heat and humidity and I have found myself making a jug of iced tea twice during it.
I do use my daughter's recipe, which is a good bit healthier than my mother usually made iced tea. (She used a can of lemonade concentrate, replete with high fructose corn syrup I am sure. Though, in her defense, I do remember many, many years ago when she used lemons and sugar instead.)
I have copied and pasted Carrie's recipe just as I wrote it in a 2007 blog post. When I've made this during those desperate times this summer, I've made half a batch. And I've used brown sugar, which feels just a tiny bit healthier and adds a bit more depth to the flavor.
CARRIE’S ICED TEA
12 cups boiling water
12 green tea bags
1 cup sugar
4 Tblsp. orange juice
4 Tblsp. lemon juice
Pour the boiling water over the tea bags in a large bowl. Let steep 5
to 7 minutes only. Stir in sugar and juices. Stir well; let cool.
Transfer to a pitcher and let chill in refrigerator. Serve over ice.
This recipe may easily be halved and is very adaptable. I often add in
some lime juice along with the other citrus juices, and usually when I
halve the recipe I still use the full amount of fruit juice. Sometimes I
use regular tea in place of the green tea -- just as tasty! Sometimes I
use 11 regular tea bags and 1 flavored one such as mint, raspberry, or
peach. Gives a nice, different flavor.
If heat and humidity have you desperate, too, you might like to give Carrie's recipe a try!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.