Iced tea is a ridiculously refreshing and tasty variant of the classic steeped beverage that is consumed world round. For many, sipping iced tea brings back fond memories of summers enjoyed with good food and better company. Luckily, this beverage is extremely easy to make and takes very little grunt work.
Prep time: 15 minutes
2-3 tea bags
White sugar: 1/2 cup
Baking soda: 1 pinch
Fill your saucepan up 3/4 of the way with warm water and place on a stove top burner set to high.
Add Tea and Boil
Add 2-3 tea bags to the water and allow the saucepan to heat to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, allow it to do so for a few seconds and then remove it from the hot burner and place it on the counter or another burner.
Add a pinch of baking soda to the water. This will prevent cloudy iced tea as well as kill some of the bitterness that may come from the steeping process (next Step).
The baking soda will cause the water to bubble a little bit, don't panic. This is part and parcel of the process.
Steep for a Few
Allow the tea to steep for 4-5 minutes. While this is occurring, prepare the pitcher for the next Step.
Add Sugar to Pitcher
Pour the sugar into the pitcher. Remove the tea bags from the saucepan and pour the tea into the pitcher. Mix the sugar and tea together well.
Last Squeeze and Add Water
Pour cold water into the sauce pan and add the used tea bags back into it. Once the bags have cooled enough for you to hold them, squeeze the remaining goods out of the bags into the pitcher in order to maximize them.
Add enough cold water to fill the pitcher and once again stir everything well.
Fridge and Serve
Place the pitcher into the refrigerator until it becomes cold. Fill glasses with ice and pour the tea over the ice in order to serve.