My mom makes better sweet tea than your mom. *wink* In today’s Five Minute Fix, learn to make sweet tea just like my mom.
My mom has a habit of always making sweet tea when guests come over.
My mom also has a habit of not checking to make sure she has all the ingredients she needs before she starts a recipe.
The combination of these two habits means that she has come up with some really interesting sweet tea variations over the years by digging through her herbal tea basket at the last minute.
Sweet tea actually tastes better when made from herbal tea, as opposed to classic southern sweet tea, made with black tea.
This of course is my opinion. But……… it’s true.
If you happen to be an avid hot tea drinker and like to keep an assortment of teas on hand, this becomes a huge bonus when you make a sweet tea recipe.
I like to flip through my tea basket(s) and find a couple flavors that I think might complement each other. I learned this from mom.
Use 4 bags of the flavor you want to be more prominent and 2 bags of the accent flavor. Then steam them in a pot of water with sugar.
The amount of sugar (or alternative sweetener) you use is a highly personal matter.
I like mine sweet, but not deep south sweet if you know what I mean.
If you plan on pouring the hot tea over ice to chill and delude it (to serve immediately) then use a little more sugar. If you like a stronger tea and have time to wait for it to cool, use a little less sugar.
Using herbal tea bags and combining two varieties is a great way to play with flavors that complement your meal.
Herbal Sweet Tea is lighter in color, yet more complex, than traditional southern sweet tea, and is so refreshing on a warm day.
Today I used 4 bags of Sweet Orange Tea and 2 Bags of Peppermint Tea – So good!
Chamomile Lavender + Lemon
Raspberry + Peppermint
Pear + Ginger
Pomegranate (or Pom Raspberry) + Licorice Root
Green Tea + Hibiscus
Sweet Tea Recipe
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5
- 8 cups water
- 6 herbal tea bags
- 1/3 - 2/3 cup sugar (or sub your sweetener of choice)
- Select 2 types of herbal tea that you feel complement each other. Pour the water into a medium sauce pot. Then remove the paper tags from the tea bags and place them in the water.
- Once the water has come to a simmer, turn off the heat and cover to steep for 3-5 minutes.
- Scoop the tea bags out of the pot with a slotted spoon and stir in the sugar. If you plan to pour the hot tea over ice and serve immediately, add more sugar. If you plan to chill the concentrated tea before serving, add less sugar. Either way, serve cold over ice.
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