As simple as it gets and as sweet as you want – My Iced Tea will brighten up the gloomiest of days and give your mouth a refreshing feeling. A base of loose leaf, black tea mixed with lemon zest fresh mint this tea can do no wrong. Here I use the hot brewing method.
Yield: 1 gallon
1.25 cups (4 oz) loose leaf good quality black tea
1/2 cup (.5 oz) mint, washed, dried, dried out*
1 lemon rind, julienned, dried out
1/2 gallon water, divided (separate 2 cups from gallon)
1/2 gallon (64 fl. oz or 4 lbs) ice
2 cups (14 oz) sugar (or to taste)
Place the two cups of water you separated with the sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat until all of the sugar has dissolved and remove from the heat. Set aside as this is the simple syrup to sweeten later.
Heat the remaining water to 212°F. You may ask “why not just heat the sugar with all of the water?” Adding sugar to the water before you steep the tea will make your tea have a very metallic taste. That’s not good business…add ONLY tea to steeping water.
Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat, let it stand for about 30 seconds to one minute.
For Kettle users: pour water over the tea in a pitcher and let steep for 5-7 minutes. For Pot people: Pour the tea into the pot and let steep for 5-7 minutes.
Once steeping time is up, strain the tea leaves from the tea and stir in simple syrup.
For Kettle users: add the ice to the pitcher to chill the tea. For Pot people: Pour the tea over the ice in the pitcher. Chilling your tea this way immediately stops the heating process and preserves the crisp flavors within the tea.
Pull a mason jar/glass from the cabinet and pour a hefty portion! If you want to get fancy add a sprig of fresh mint and some lemon slices to your jar.