While some of you northerners are basking in delightful 70-80 degree weather, those of us in the middle and southern states are still sweating every day. Here in Oklahoma we're still expecting triple-digit temperatures in the next few weeks.
I've been beating the heat by drinking approximately 100 million gallons of iced tea daily. Okay, I'm exaggerating. But I have been drinking at least a pitcher a day. I'm too impatient for a slow-steeping recipe like the one Jen posted back in May. So a few years back I bought an iced tea maker.
It truly changed my life, y'all.
This is my iced tea maker, all ready for my tea to brew. (I have an old school iced tea maker, the newer ones are much sleeker and more compact.)
Just fill the pitcher to the water line, pour it in the maker, fill with ice to the ice line*, add your sweetener of choice if you want it, put your tea bags in the filter (for a full pitcher use four regular-sized bags or two family-sized bags), and push the on button. In about 5 minutes you'll have iced tea!
It's so easy. And so good. Highly recommend.
A freshly-brewed pitcher of deliciousness.
*I use honey to sweeten my tea (I like it really sweet, so about 2/3 cup), which gets all sticky and doesn't mix if you brew cold tea with it. So I brew the tea hot, then mix in the ice afterward.
Do you have an easy way to make your favorite beverage?