Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Summer Pleasures # 7 - Ice Tea ..............
I'm a tea lover. I keep a pitcher of ice tea in my refrigerator at all times. I will fill my thermal cup first thing in the morning, then I will keep it full of ice tea and within reach all day long. Nothing seems to quench my thirst like a big glass of tea.
Traditional southern ice tea is super sweet. I don't put sugar in my tea, and I don't like the flavored teas that seem to be popular these days. I prefer plain unsweetened tea. I've been drinking ice tea all my life and it's my beverage of choice all year round.
To make good ice tea, you begin with cold water. As soon as it begins to boil, remove it from the heat and add tea bags (I use two family size for a pitcher). Do not allow the bags to seep more than five minutes or your tea will be bitter. Remove the bags and pour into your pitcher. Add cold water and sugar if you desire. Pour over ice in your glass and enjoy. You now have one of the pleasures of summer!