It’s National Iced Tea Day!

June 10, 2015 | By | Comments (1)
sweet tea m Its National Iced Tea Day!

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

It’s summertime in the South, and the scorching temperatures are setting in. There’s no better way to cool off this afternoon than by celebrating National Iced Tea Day. Iced Tea can be found in just about every Southern fridge and makes an appearance at just about every social event—from family suppers to business luncheons to backyard barbeques. If you’re dining out in the Southeast, be sure to specify if you take your tea “unsweetened,” for across the region all tea is inherently “sweet.” Here’s a recipe for our Southern Sweet Tea that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Or if you’re looking for a refreshing beverage with a little kick, here’s another recipe for our Bourbon-Lemonade Iced Tea. Pour yourself an ice-cold glass, grab a spot on the patio, and enjoy.

Southern Sweet Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar
  • 7 cups cold water

Preparation: 

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Remove and discard tea bags. Add desired amount of sugar, stirring until dissolved.
  3. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

Yield: Makes 2 1/4 qt.

Bourbon-Lemonade Iced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1 (1-oz.) package fresh mint leaves (about 1 cup loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Garnish: fresh citrus slices

Preparation: 

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Remove and discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved.
  3. Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water, bourbon, and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Yield: Makes 9 cups

More From Southern Living:

20 New Ways to Enjoy Sweet Tea

Simply Southern Sweet Tea

COMMENTS

  1. Hillary Hardy

    Can’t wait to try the bourbon-lemonade iced tea!!

    June 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm

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