Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Another refreshing summer beverage!
It's that time of year when we just crave something cold and filled with ice cubes! Of course plain old water is the best thirst-quencher of all, but I try to keep a pitcher of something else in the fridge as well as a pitcher of water. Here's my favorite, very adaptable, ice tea recipe!
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.
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.