August 28, 2009

Lemonade Ice Tea

Another recipe courtesy of Southern Living, July 2009 meeting. I'm copying the whole recipe here, but I'm not going to follow it exactly. Mainly, no mint because we're not into minty stuff outside of toothpaste. :)

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

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.
Remove and discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved.
Pour tea into a 3 qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Bourbon-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup bourbon.

Spiced Dark Rum-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup spiced dark rum. Makes 9 cups.

***Update (9/7): Made it this past weekend using rum. I left out the mint. I also used 3 tea bags instead of two. I also used a little less sugar than called for. Still very sweet (and I *love* southern sweet tea since it's what I grew up on), so if you're not into sweet teas feel free the cut that sugar down. Great tasting and didn't have that alcohol taste (at least not to us).

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