iced tea

I prefer homemade iced tea to soda and powdered drink mixes because it's natural, inexpensive, low in calories, and full of antioxidants.

I adapted this from a southern sweet tea recipe that was about 4 times too sweet for my Yankee palate :)

6 tea bags
1/8 t baking soda
1/3 cup sugar
8 cups water

In a measuring cup or small pan, cover 6 tea bags with 2 cups of boiling water. Stir in 1/8 t baking soda (this keeps it from looking cloudy). Let it steep for about 15 minutes, then remove the tea bags.

Measure 1/3 cup sugar into a large pitcher. Add the steeped tea and whisk to dissolve the sugar. Add 6 cups cold water. Whisk to combine, cover, and chill.

I serve this over lots of ice with lemon slices or fresh mint. It travels well in Mason Jars for picnics, road trips, and other away from home beverage consuming occasions :)

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