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Patricia's iced tea...

Under a recent pic I posted, Patricia and I got to discussing iced tea. It is definitely something that is far more common in America than the UK. Anyway, I was so taken with her description of it that I decided to try some out for myself. So, I made some this morning, and it was oh so mmmm....delicious and refreshing! I was surprised how much you could taste the tea, even though it was icy cold - and the hint of lemon was perfect.




How we made ice tea. Bring a large pot of water to a boil (maybe a quart and a half), add sugar to taste if you want sweet tea, take off the heat, add a bunch of tea bags say 8 or so. My mom used Lipton's or Red Rose.Steep about 5 minutes or so. It should be very strong but not bitter. Remove the tea bags.

Let sit until room temperature. If you refrigerate hot tea it will cloud up and no self respecting person in Baltimore or the entire South serves cloudy ice tea. It must be clear as dark amber like the color of maple syrup. Then chill, serve over ice with lemon wedges. No one added milk to ice tea. Sometimes my mom made both sweet and unsweetened tea. Then you could have either or mix them for a less sweet tea. A more modern option would to make unsweetened tea, make simple syrup and serve on the side.

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Taken on July 14, 2015