I’m a Texan. We love our tea. I’m Indian. We love our tea. It’s in my blood. I happen to enjoy tea hot, cold, black, brown, green, on the rocks, straight up … You get the idea. Down here in the South, though, sweet tea reigns supreme. I have never been a fan. It’s always overtly sweet and kind of kills the meal for me. Something about the sweet tea down here makes it pretty much the opposite of refreshing, in my opinion.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and create something that tastes indulgent but is actually good for you. It’s super simple too. I suggest you make a pitcher the next time you have company and move the tea party outside. There is nothing like good company, the sounds of nature, and a great glass of tea.
I like to mix it up sometimes and brew a half black, half green blend. Sometimes I use mint tea or hibiscus. It really just depends on what you are in the mood for. Today I used good old Lipton tea bags. Decided to keep it traditional. This will yield half a gallon of iced tea.
Heat about 2 cups of water in your tea kettle or in the microwave until almost boiling. You will use six tea bags total, but put three in one mug and three in another. No need to overcrowd the pool. Pour the heated water over the top and steep for four to five minutes. While the tea is hanging out, fill a 64-ounce pitcher with ice and slice up some lemons. Check out these beauties I got from a friend when I was in Louisiana a few weeks ago. I forgot what they’re called, but it’s like a cross between a grapefruit and a lemon.
After the tea is done steeping, add 1 tablespoon of unsulfured blackstrap molasses to each mug and stir until it’s completely dissolved. Pour the tea over the ice and add water to fill the pitcher. That’s it. If you added enough ice, you shouldn’t really need to add much water. Serve with tall glasses filled with ice and lemon wedges.
- 6 tea bags of choice
- 2 tablespoons unsulfured blackstrap molasses
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, pour over the tea bags. I like to put three in one mug and three in another to allow the water room to move throughout the bags and mug. Brew for four to five minutes. Decrease the amount of time or the amount of bags if you like a lighter tea. Fill a giant pitcher with ice.
Once the tea is done brewing, add 1 tablespoon of unsulfured blackstrap molasses to each mug and stir until it’s completely dissolved. Pour the tea over the ice and add water to fill the pitcher. Serve with lemon wedges.