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3 Iced Tea Recipes to Celebrate National Iced Tea Month in June !

In the summer, at our house, there were always two pitchers of iced tea in our refrigerator. One of them, my mother referred to as ” Your Father’s Tea” (meaning sweet tea–southern style) and the other was, regular plain iced tea, no sugar. These were the two choices available. My mother made the iced tea from tea bags, although our neighbors used that very modern, “Instant Tea”. ( You can taste the difference).

Growing up in the ’60’s, I started making sun tea in the summertime, and have continued the practice. Now, however, warnings about bacteria that can grow in sun tea may cause me to consider it a “Steep Risk” If any of us got sick from sun tea, I didn’t know it. I probably blamed some other “germ” or even decided that a small child must have shared his illness.

The popularity and availability of a wide variety of flavored black and green teas has greatly increased my iced tea choices. (See list below for teas that are excellent iced). Magnificent Mango, quite popular in our tea room, competed with Arctic Raspberry and Shanghai Lime (photo) as favorites for iced teas. My iced tea choices are not limited to tea bags, instant tea, sweetened or unsweetened. …..I can celebrate incredible abundance !

Oregon Street Tea Company‘s Great Iced Tea Recipe:

For 2 quarts (1/2 gallon)

* In a 6 cup teapot, place an infuser filled with 12 teaspoons of tea.

* Fill the teapot with water heated to 195 degrees.

* Brew 5 minutes.

* In a 2 quart container fill 1/2 with ice.

* Pour tea over ice.

* Add cold water if needed to make 1/2 gallon of great iced tea !

The following teas are delicious iced: Black Flavored Teas:

Arctic Raspberry Cranberry Breeze or Cranberry Orange Lemon Lift Magnificent Mango Peach Apricot Wild Cherry Blast

Green Flavored tea:

Strawberry Fields Forever Shanghai Lime

The Very Popular “Arnold Palmer”

Fill a glass with ice and add:

1/2 lemonade 1/2 black tea (brewed) 1/2 Lemon slice to decorate the rim of the glass

Very Refreshing !

Hawaiian Iced Tea Make 2 quarts of Oregon Street Tea Company’s Great Iced Tea

Add: 1 can (16 oz) pineapple juice 1/2 cup simple syrup (recipe follows) Refrigerate until chilled.

Garnish with fresh pineapple spears and serve

Simple Syrup: ( You can also purchase this)

1 cup white sugar 1 cup water

Combine sugar and water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Cool.

Happy Iced Infusions ! Kate

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