So many people think they can make a great batch of iced tea. I mean, all you have to do is put some tea bags in really hot water right?
The truth is, there's far more to it. Thankfully for you, I know the technique, and shall share it with you now.
Step 1: Get a thick plastic jug or other suitable brewing container ready (it must be sealable with a lid of some kind).
Step 2: Start boiling your water in a suitably sized pan.
Step 3: Put the full amount of granulated white sugar that you would normally add to your batch, except put it in the brewing container
Step 4: Squirt a small amount of lemon juice, preferably from a fresh lemon, into your container with the sugar.
Step 5: Shake up the lemon juice with the sugar.
Step 6: Have your tea bags ready.
Step 7: When the water is boiling, dump it directly onto the sugar in the container.
Step 8: Add your tea bags carefully, leaving the paper bits on the outside of the top of the container.
Step 9: Seal the container.
Step 10: Let it sit for about 6 minutes.
Step 11: Remove the tea bags, gently squeezing them against the top of the container with a spoon to get extra flavor.
Step 12: Seal tightly and shake the container thoroughly.
Step 13: Place the sealed container underneath the faucet and run cold water over it for approx 1-2 minutes.
Voila, add a hefty portion of ice to your glass before pouring, and you've got some of the best tasting tea ever made. The trick is letting the lemon
juice and sugar dissolve into the boiling water while adding the tea bags, thus changing the flavor of the brew and helping to extract the tea flavors
via the slight amount of lemon juice. If you don't like lemon iced tea, don't worry, I don't care for it too much either. I'm talking about a very
small amount of lemon juice, almost unnoticeable once it has brewed. If you prefer lemon, add as much as you'd like.
edit on 7/17/2015 by
r0xor because: (no reason given)