Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our Southern Peach Tea

Tea. It's important around here. We consider it a staple pantry item as much as flour and sugar. And we drink it sweet. In fact, in my house it's the only beverage beyond milk and water we have. Lately, we've had several people ask us how we make tea at home. I have to say I was a little shocked! I thought everybody made it at home. One family said they buy the ready-made stuff which is as expensive as soda and always taste like a plastic bottle to me. The other uses Nestea instant iced tea. (Yuck, just Yuck!!)

So I am posting my husbands tea recipe. 

Our Southern Peach Tea

You'll need:
a gallon of cold filtered water
4 family sized tea bags
2 peach tea bags (We like celestial seasonings Country Peach Passion)
1 c sugar (or more to your taste)

Starting with cold filtered water is a must. Just like you can't make good coffee with bad water you can't make good tea with funky water either. Heat your water to very hot but not quite boiling. We use an electric tea kettle but a pot on the stove works just as well. Pour the hot water into a pitcher. Add the sugar, and stir till it dissolves. If this step takes more than a couple of seconds your water isn't hot enough. Now add the tea bags and push them down gently into the water with the spoon. Don't stir and always add the tea bags after the water so you don't bust one. Let cool. When the tea is a dark chestnut color, gently lift the tea bags out and toss. Stir and chill. 

Making homemade tea is simple. Paying attention to the details makes all the difference. 

Do you make tea at home? I'm interested in how much sugar you do or don't put in. 

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