There are few more thirst-quenching drinks under the sun, and this Lemonade Iced Tea is especially useful at summer parties.
To simplify the chore of juicing the lemons, buy an inexpensive stainless steel citrus juicer.
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
4 rounded teaspoons black tea leaves
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
Frozen tea cubes (see below) for serving
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 4 cups water and the sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Add the tea and let steep for 4 to 5 minutes. (This goes against the usual advice to always add water to tea and not the other way around, but it doesn't make enough of a flavor difference to bother with methods that would require extra utensils.) Stir in the lemon juice.
Strain into a heatproof pitcher. Let cool. Serve over frozen tea cubes, garnishing each glass with a mint sprig.
Recipe makes 4 servings.
Frozen Tea Cubes
Like anything that stands in the hot summer sun, iced tea can quickly become heated. Instead of using cubes of frozen water, use frozen tea cubes. They will chill your tea just as well as the water cubes, but when they melt, the drink won't get watered down.
Make the tea cubes from the same tea that you usually use for iced tea. Just brew a batch, let it cool, and pour into ice cube trays. After the cubes are frozen, pop them out of the trays and store in zippered plastic storage bags.
For a fancy summertime tea party, make decorative tea cubes.
Fill each cube halfway with tea (or water) and freeze until solid. Place a blueberry or raspberry in each cube mold, fill with more tea, and freeze until the top layer is solid. You can also make floral ice cubes with edible blossoms, substituting johnny-jump-ups or marigold petals for the berries.
Beyond their main job of icing cold drinks, plain iced tea cubes can also be tossed in the blender with fruit or juices to make cooling slushes. As there is no standard size for capacity of ice cube molds, you may have to adjust the amount of cubes needed to get the consistency you want.
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