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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

Ingredients

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)

Procedure

1

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.

2

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.

3

Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat, let it stand for about 30 seconds to one minute.

4

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.

4

Once steeping time is up, strain the tea leaves from the tea and stir in simple syrup.

5

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.

6

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.

7

Enjoy!