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Perfect Brewed Iced Tea recipe

Perfect Brewed Iced Tea.Black, Green and Oolong teas comefrom the same plant – Camellia sinensis – which is grown in lushclimates around the world. The difference? Black and Oolong teasundergo a natural fermentation step. Green tea does not. Teais a great source of antioxidants which help neutralize “freeradicals”, molecules that can damage cells. So drink toyour health!

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Recipe: Perfect Brewed IcedTea

4 regular tea bags (orange pekoe orgreen tea or a combination)*2 cups fresh cold waterWaterIce cubesGranulated sugar or other sweetenersuch as SimpleSyrupLemon slices (optional)

  • Unwrap (if necessary) and carefully pulloff any paper tags and tiny metal staples attached to the stringsof the tea bags; tie the strings together and place the bagsin a heat-proof 2-quart pitcher.
  • Bring 2 cups cold water (alwaysstart with fresh cold water) to a rapid boil. Remove fromheat and immediately pour over the tea bags. Steep tea for 15minutes.
  • Remove tea bags and discard.
  • Fill the pitcher with enough water toequal 2-quarts. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled beforeserving. (Or to serve iced tea immediately, add a dozen or soice cubes to tea concentrate then fill with water to the 2-quartlevel.)
  • To serve, pour tea over a generous amountof ice cubes in a tall glass, stirring in desired sweeteningand a squeeze of lemon, as desired.

    Makes 2 quarts or 8 (1 cup) servings.

    *If using loose tea, measure 2 tablespoonsinto a paper coffee filter and seal it tightly with a twist tie,or simply pour water over loose leaves in a small heatproof container,and when ready separate the liquid from the tea leaves usinga mesh strainer.


    • For Southern-Style Sweet Tea: Add 1/2to 1 cup sugar…or the amount of sugar you prefer… to thesteeped tea concentrate after the tea bags are removed and priorto filling with water, stirring to dissolve the sugar beforeadding the additional water.
    • Add 1 flavored tea bag such as GingerPeach, Blackberry Sage, Vanilla Almond, etc., with the orangepekoe or green tea for a decidedly refreshing change in flavor.

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