The Best Iced Tea Ever - Makes One Gallon
In the south, iced tea is available everywhere all the time. It comes unsweetened and sweetened and seems to be more popular than soda....also known as "tonic" for my friends and family back home. The most common way to order it is sweet. Yes, it is sweet...about 1 cup of sugar to 1 gallon of tea.
12 cups of very hot, but not quite boiling water. The trick is to not let the water actually boil.
Hint - processing a full pot of water through a 12 cup coffee pot works perfectly
1/2 to 2/3 cup of your favorite flavor loose tea
Optional - 3/4 to 1 cup of plain white sugar
In a large bowl with a pouring spout on it, place the tea and the sugar
Pour the hot water over the tea, stir and let it steep for 8 – 10 minutes
Place a wire mesh strainer over a 1 gallon pitcher, line with a paper towel
Pour the tea into the wire mesh strainer slowly
Add enough cold water to fill the gallon pitcher
Stir, let cool and serve over ice
This makes a fantastic gallon of iced tea.
I use Ginger Peach, Mango, Apricot, Black Currant or any other flavor that sounds great. Plain black tea also works very well brewed in this manner.
I hope you enjoy!