Friday, January 6, 2012

Sweet Tea

sweetie tea

If nothing else this is a concrete example of the lesser of two evils, this is what I am fighting the demon Coke with. It's sweet tea, I call it sweetie tea because the sweetie man is very good about always making more when the pitcher gets low. It started as sweet tea for real, four parts water to one part sugar for the concentrate. For normal sweet tea, I think you would mix one part concentrate with one part water in the pitcher. I keep the concentrate in the pitcher and when I want a Coke a refreshing glass of iced tea, or cold tea anyway, ice is too much to deal with, I fill a pint glass mostly with water and top it off with just a splash of concentrate—not very much, maybe a half or a quarter cup. Now we are trying half as much sugar, and it's still plenty sweet enough.

three tea bags
1 quart water
1/2 cup sugar

Put the tea bags into a saucepan with the water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea steep for fifteen minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in the sugar. Let cool. Pour into a pitcher and keep in the refrigerator.

To serve, fill a glass mostly with water and top off with sweet tea to taste.