How to Make Perfect Iced Tea

(Last Updated On: April 28, 2017)

I live in Chicago. People here don’t pretend that a warm sunny day isn’t something special. Everyone is outside.

 

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Spring in Chicago

Nice days make me want something refreshing, and my favorite choice is iced tea. I’ve been drinking iced tea all my life. Looking back on it, I realize it’s odd that a child would be allowed this beverage at every meal. Nevertheless, I became a connoisseur of the drink.

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Iced Tea

While growing up in a Detroit suburb, I was mostly taken care of by my elderly grandmother, Bubbe. She had immigrated from tsarist Russia as a teenager, and still continued the tea traditions of her youth. Every afternoon at 4:00pm she made a fresh pitcher of iced tea for dinner. This is her recipe.

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4 Tea Bags Black Tea

My parents preferred a cranberry flavored tea. Personally I’m addicted to Arnold Palmers. Here’s how to make these variations.

Iced Tea

Serves 12

6 cups water

4 tea bags of black tea

¼ cup sugar

Lemon

Ice

Microwave 6 cups of water for 8 minutes. Immerse the tea bags in the boiling water. Swirl the tea bags so all the water is infused. Steep 5 minutes. Remove the teabags. Add the sugar. Mix until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in 6 cups of ice. Refrigerate. Squeeze a generous slice of lemon into each glass before serving over ice.

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Generous Slice of Lemon

Cranberry Iced Tea

Using the above recipe each glass should have ¼ cranberry juice and ¾ iced tea.

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Cranberry Juice

Arnold Palmers

Fill each glass with 1/3 lemonade and 2/3 with iced tea.

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