Yesterday, when I talked about how I've been doing my fair share of lazing about this summer, reading books and eating grapes that my sweet husband peels and pops into my mouth. Well, my official lazing about in the summertime drink is unsweetened iced tea. Un. sweetened. Sweet tea makes my eyeballs twitch, no offense if it's your drink of choice. But really, twitching eyeballs.
I grew up drinking sun tea -- the sort you leave out all day in the (wait for it...) sun. The water heats up, the tea steeps and the magic happens. I don't have time for that in my life nowadays, not to mention I forget about the jar sitting out on my deck half the time... so a few years ago I started making the shortcut version.
Easiest thing ever. Get ready for it, iced tea lovers.
1. Almost-boil some water. Don't actually let it boil, just get it super hot.
2. Fill your pitcher halfway with the hot water, and let the tea steep. You're going for double-strength tea here, so don't be shy with the tea bags. If you're feeling like a daredevil throw an herbal tea bag in for fun -- mint, raspberry... surprise me.
(Yeah, that's me being crazy innovative with a bag clip keeping the tea bags from falling into the water. I'm pretty sure I'm the first person ever to think of that one. Awwwwesome.)
3. Remove the tea bags after 15-20 minutes, and add lots of ice.
4. Once the tea has cooled down, which should only take a minute or two if you add lots of ice, finish filling the pitcher with cold water and consume large quantities of it.