Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Homemade Iced Tea Recipe

In case anyone gets a craving for some good ole homemade iced tea and doesn't know how to make it, here's one way:

Boil about 2 cups of water on the stove.  Let sit at least 15 minutes.  Add 5 green tea bags and 3 black tea bags (or 4 of each if you prefer).  Get a gallon pitcher and add 2/3 cup of sugar.  Pour in the tea mixture (I like to add water and squeeze out the tea bags several times into the pitcher to make it stronger).  Fill water up to the top of the pitcher.  Squeeze in the juice of one lemon.  Add a few sprigs of mint if you have them growing in your backyard (optional).  Chill and serve.
I use Celestial Seasonings decaf green tea because they:
  • Use all natural ingredients
  • Engage in ethical trade for their tea
  • Don't use bleach in their tea bags
  • Don't use strings in their tea bags or wrap them (to eliminate waste)
  • Use recycled paper boxes
I actually just signed up to get them through Amazon subscription for cheaper (6 boxes of 40 bags at a time).  I use Tetley black decaf tea for no impressive reasons.  They do not do most of the above listed impressive things.  My husband grew up drinking Tetley iced tea and believes it is the black tea, that is the only reason for that.

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