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Title: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: bluefoxicy on July 29, 2010, 03:43:34 PM
Does anyone have a sweet tea recipe?  Do you use just white sugar and black tea bags; or maybe something interesting, like loose Gunpowder Green Tea or Earl Grey Tea with Demerara sugar and/or honey?  Sweet irish breakfast tea?

I'm thinking I need to stop spending $100/mo on soda and start packing iced tea instead... :(
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: bluesman on July 29, 2010, 04:10:28 PM
$100.00/mo. on soda.   :o

My wife is the iced-tea fan in my house.  I buy tea bags and sugar in bulk from Sam's Club and she uses an iced-tea brewing machine to make one gallon batches.  I like it with an orange slice or just fresh squeezed lemon juice.  You can also make sun tea.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5167939_make-cheap-iced-tea.html
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: beerocd on July 29, 2010, 04:45:50 PM
I'm thinking I need to stop spending $100/mo on soda and start packing iced tea instead... :(

Make your own soda. You're a homebrewer - how hard can it be? Get a carbonator cap and you're all set. And your soda can be made with real sugar instead of that hcfs crap.

I just drink unsweetened ice tea - fast, cheap, easy shot of caffeine.
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: bluesman on July 29, 2010, 05:06:58 PM
Make your own soda. You're a homebrewer - how hard can it be?

That's another good idea.  There's some good kits here.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/sprecher-root-beer-soda.html

I've been wanting to try this for a while.
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: capozzoli on July 29, 2010, 09:52:21 PM
Oh yeah, I want a c02 set up really bad. We make our own syrups alll the time. Just use bottled soda water now.

Another thing is homemade lemon aid. The lemmons go really far if you do it right. Zest lemons into a mixture of sugar and water befoe you juice them bring to a boil and turn off, strain and you have lemon flavored simple syrup. Juice lemons into a container and then add the simple syrup and water to taste. Add more sugar if needed. ( I like it sour). GOOD STUFF!!

Do it this way and a few lemons go a long way, they keep well and this drink is very good for you.

BTW sweet tea sucks,who the heck drinks this stuff? Blech!

Try a spicy iced masala tea with a little sweetened condensed milk in it.
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: beerocd on July 29, 2010, 11:01:27 PM
Another thing is homemade lemon aid. The lemmons go really far if you do it right. Zest lemons into a mixture of sugar and water befoe you juice them bring to a boil and turn off, strain and you have lemon flavored simple syrup. Juice lemons into a container and then add the simple syrup and water to taste. Add more sugar if needed. ( I like it sour). GOOD STUFF!!

Nothing better than homemade lemon aid! That's why it's $5 a glass at the fairs.   :o
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: euge on July 30, 2010, 06:03:43 AM
Well certainly a large segment of the South likes "Sweet Tea". We don't take it this way in Tx, however I like it sweetened & with lemon or lime.

I'll heat up 1-2 quarts in the micro and drop 2-4 bags and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Drop however much sugar you want in the pitcher and dump the hot concentrated tea on top to dissolve it. Dilute to cool down and to desired volume. Ends up being quite clear.

Has to have citrus otherwise I don't really care for it. I'll add it on the fly with limeade/lemonade made from FC. Works.

Don't buy soda at all.
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: tubercle on July 30, 2010, 01:11:38 PM
sweet tea sucks,who the heck drinks this stuff? Blech!

 Don't say this if you're ever in S.C.

You might walk in but you'll limp back out :o

I like it "slightly sweet" as most folks down here do but it can get overboard.

My aunt made tea with so much sugar it could be used as pottery glaze.

A single sip would lock up your kidneys.
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: bluesman on July 30, 2010, 02:21:09 PM

My aunt made tea with so much sugar it could be used as pottery glaze.

A single sip would lock up your kidneys.


LMAO...I just about spit a mouthful of coffee all over my keyboard.

Funny...my wife likes her southern style sweet tea too, but I prefer only a little sugar in mine.
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: nicneufeld on July 30, 2010, 02:44:23 PM
$100 a month on soda, with the idea of breaking the habit by switching to sweet tea, another notoriously sugar-loaded beverage, seems to indicate a bit of a sugar addiction.  Maybe you're buying expensive soda, hence the cost, but if two liters average around 1 a bottle, that would be over six liters of sugar packed crap a day. 
Title: Re: Sweet tea recipes?
Post by: beerocd on July 31, 2010, 03:10:48 AM
that would be over six liters of sugar packed crap a day. 

Only cuz they won't let him drink beer at work.  ;)