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Recipe: Iced Tea Concentrate

Iced Tea
Iced Tea

Love homemade iced tea but hate the work? Have a small fridge and can't afford to have the space filled with a jug of cold tea? Like to have a special non-alcoholic beverage to offer unexpected summer guests? Iced tea is one of my favorite summer drinks. This is how I cut down on the effort in order to maximize my relaxation time. It's easy and can be scaled up or down, as needed!

What You Need:

  • a large pot
  • orange pekoe teabags
  • water
  • a stove
  • sugar (optional)

Take the pot and fill it with water -- the amount of water depends entirely on the size of your pot. I use a 4 litre saucepan most of the time, though have used an 8 litre stockpot before. Add your tea bags to the pot of water. If you're using a 4 litre pot, use 6-8 tea bags. If you are using a larger pot, add a few more. I'm an East Coast girl at heart, so I use Red Rose or Tetley, but any orange pekoe tea will do.

Cover the pot, set it on the stove and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, uncover the tea, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or so, then remove the tea bags and bring it back to a hard boil. Boil the tea until the quantity in the pot is reduced by half.

Iced Tea Concentrate
Iced Tea Concentrate

At this point, you can either pour the tea into a storage container or you can sweeten it a bit first. For a 4 litre saucepan, I add 1/4 cup of white sugar and simmer until it has dissolved completely. For a larger pot, I add more. Sweeten to your preference -- honey works well, too.

I let my tea cool a bit and then I pour the concentrate into a glass milk jug and keep it in my fridge. It will keep for a couple weeks in this manner. When you're feeling the need for an iced tea, pour a splash in your glass, top with ice cold water, add a slice of lemon, and you're good to go!

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