In the good old Summertime there are two staples that need to be in the Sweetwater refrigerator at all times:
UNsweetened Sun Tea and Lemonade.
Around here….it is “not okay” to run out of either!
Over the years, I have learned a couple of tricks to make sure that never happens.
These tricks really come in handy when we have informal gatherings.
It is always so hard to plan how much tea and lemonade you will need….
I hate making gigantic containers of beverages that take up space in the refrigerator and might not get used.
So…….I keep some “concentrate” of these drinks ready to mix quickly when the pitcher is empty.
These concentrates are almost “instant” with out the “instant” taste.
1 quart hot water
Let this sit for a couple of hours.
Give the tea bags a stir and squish them against the side of the bowl every once in a while.
(don’t you love my technical recipe directions)
Discard the tea bags…again wring out all that strong tea goodness….
Store the concentrate in the refrigerator.
This container will make at least 2 gallons of tea.
Just fill your pitcher 3/4 full of very cold water and pour in the concentrate to fill it up.
This recipe makes tea that is not cloudy. It mimics sun tea that way.
When I have tried boiling this on the stove….the result is cloudy tea.
I imagine there is science in there somewhere….hmmmm!
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