I love iced tea.
When I was little my mom would make iced tea all summer long and I always had to drink from her glass. For some reason it tasted better than the glass of iced tea I poured for myself. (My kids do this to me now and it irritates me to no end. So sorry mom!!)
We have been living in North Carolina for just over a year now. I’m very much enjoying the Southern hospitality, mild winters, beautiful fall weather, and early spring gardens. I love nearly everything about the South. Except for the summer heat and–please don’t lynch me–sweet tea.
It’s too sweet and there is a bitter aftertaste I just can’t stomach.
After trial and error I found a perfect alternative to traditional Southern sweet tea. Super simple and, IMHO, delicious.
I boil about 6 cups of water in my Proctor Silex electric kettle* (we have gone through 4 “top of the line” kettles in 3 years… I bought this one because it was CHEAP and figured it wouldn’t hurt as much if I had to replace it in 4 months… it has lasted over a year), pour the boiling water over a Luzianne* decaffeinated iced tea bag, steep for 3-4 minutes (any longer and it gets too bitter for me) and, in place of simple syrup, I make my “sweet” iced tea with natural Stevia* powder. Then I pour the tea in a Rubbermaid pitcher* filled with ice.
But what turns my regular old iced tea into Not So Sweet Tea, is what I add to it after 5 o’clock(ish)!
Absolut Citron and a dash of triple sec give iced tea that little kick you need after a long, hot day stuck in the house with five kids during summer break.
Okay so maybe it gives ME that little kick I need… but I’m pretty sure you will enjoy it too!
Not So Sweet Tea