Whenever Iced Coffee is not an option, I have to confess, Diet Coke has always been an alternative – well until I started reading some seriously disturbing things about it. Sure, it’s zero calories but what the heck does that do to one’s body if you have too much. I used to like drinking unsweetened ice tea but sometimes you just have to be in the mood for it. Now, if there is raspberry in it, well then – I’m game. But making my own iced tea was like my coffee adventures – something was just *off*.
I finally discovered the secret thanks to the Barefoot Contessa. It had to do with the ratio of teabags to water to steep time. Thankfully, once I discovered this, it was simple enough that I can make it in my sleep. Not to mention, I can vary up the types of tea and keep a pitcher of it in the fridge ready for any occasion.
Even better – those $1.59 *ahem* “Snapish brand” Raspberry Iced Tea bottles – no longer needed. I can just make it myself and put that money towards the Choo fund!
- 4 black tea bags
- 4 raspberry tea bags
- 4 cups boiling water
- 4 cups hot water
- Agave Nectar, Honey or Sugar to taste
- Boil 4 cups of hot water and pour over the raspberry and black tea bags.
- Steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea bags and pour the brewed tea into a pitcher.
- Add 4 cups of water to the pitcher and stir.
- Should you care to sweeten it, add your sweetener of choice (honey, agave nectar, simple syrup or super fine sugar) and enjoy!
Recipe Adapted from the Barefoot Contessa
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