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Iced Tea I Recipe
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Iced Tea I

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"Like real iced tea, but do you hate boiling the water and then waiting for the tea to cool? Try making it with hot tap water."

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    15 mins

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  1. Put tea bags in a 2 quart pitcher. Add hot water. Let sit at least 15 minutes. Add cold water and remove tea bags. refrigerate and serve over ice.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 10, 2005

well, since this recipe isn't called southern iced tea, i thought it was perfect according to ingredients. Iced tea just how i like it. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 07, 2003

This was easy to make but still not as good as the traditional Southern method of boiling water with sugar. Added a cup of sugar as well.

Oct 11, 2003

This needs 1 cup of sugar added to it and it would be southern ice tea!

May 19, 2010

This is very good for those who like UNSWEETENED iced tea and not southern sweet tea. I added a pinch of baking soda and served it over ice with a fresh slice of lemon - very refreshing.

Aug 16, 2007

I've been making iced tea this way for a long time, however I only use 4 teabags and I only steep it 4 minutes. It comes out perfect every time! People are always asking how I make my tea!

Jun 02, 2006

Being from the south, iced tea is a must with every meal as rice is with Chinese food. I don't think I have ever been able to brew tea with just hot tap water. I have had to boil it somehow...either in the microwave or on the stove. I have never heard of lead poisoning through hot tap water as the previous reviewer mentioned, but I thank you Rosie for that peice of info. This is a very basic way of making iced tea and I don't think it matters how you get your water hot, your tea will taste the same. Unless you go the southern way and let it sit in the sun all day! Eight tea bags is good for a large pitcher, but I have also used 1 "family size" bag when I have them. Don't forget the sugar, I add it right after the water has boiled so it dissolves instantly. Thanks for this simple recipe.

Aug 09, 2005

This was a great starter recipe. I made it with green tea and it was delicious, though like others said, i added sugar. Also, instead of teabags, I used loose leaf green tea. I only added about 3/4 cup of sugar and that was just the right amount to sweeten the drink but yet still let the flavor of green tea be the key taste. Sure beats the store boughten which is overloaded with sugar!

Jun 22, 2009

Not everyone from the south likes sugar in their tea. I like unsweetened or with a touch of lemon.


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