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» Saturday, May 30, 2009

Iced Tea!

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 22

So I decided one week was not enough to cover all my favorite edible/drinkable summer treats! Since I grew up in a big Italian family where LOVE was pretty much synonymous with GOOD FOOD, this is not surprising.

Today's spotlight is on Iced Tea. This is one summer treat that's cool, refreshing, and (as an added bonus) pretty easy on the waistline if you make it yourself rather than suck down the super-sweet bottled variety (which is sooo easy to do when you're thirsty).

I'm ever on a quest for fast and easy in the kitchen (as opposed to in the bedroom, lol), so I was really excited a few years back when I discovered the absolute easiest way ever to make iced tea: Lipton Cold Brew Tea Bags + Crystal Lite or Country Time lemonade powder.

I don't know what Lipton does to the tea in the cold brew tea bags, but all you have to do is put one of the oversized cold brew bags in a quart of water and put it in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes and you've got tea! Then just pour in a tall glass and add a big scoop of lemonade powder. No boiling, no mess, no problem!

You can't get much easier than that, even with one of those goofy easy buttons from Staples.

It's sometimes hard to find the cold brew tea in the store, so when I do spot it, I buy a bunch of extra boxes. I haven't had to resort to ordering it online yet, but I see it's available on in case you want to try it and can't find it in your local stores.

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Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

That sounds so good! I'll have to try it.

8:01 AM  
Blogger housemouse88 said...

I make iced tea all the time. However, here lately I've slacked off making it. I think I'll make some today. Have a great day.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Haven't used the cold brew tea bags, but when we lived in Colorado, we started making sum tea. Put a gallon jug out in the sun with enough tea bags and let it sit for an hour or so. If you get in the habit of doing it first thing in the morning, you can refill and keep it going all day. You never run out. Makes a nice tea that isn't bitter. Some times we add a bit of frozen lemonade concentrate to it. Nice combination.
Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

Huh. I've never heard of cold-brew tea bags! I'll have to go see if they sell it here. Interesting!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

I make sun tea for my husband. I just use Lipton tea bags and cold water and set it in the sun for a while.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Cathy M said...

I love sun tea, but I do sometimes forget to set it out, so now I have a great backup. Thanks for the scoop, Joy.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

I haven't tried their cold bags, will have to look in my store. Recently I tried MacDonald's sweet tea, not bad at all.

I also like to drink orangeade - OJ with extra water and sugar added to dilute the acid, tastes good and doesn't upset my stomach like plain OJ.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

I only use Lipton tea bags, always have. Best tea!

6:41 PM  
Blogger Leanne said...

Remember waaaay back in the 70's, those Lipton TV commercials when the guy or lady takes a sip of tea on some sunshiny, overly hot day, and immediately falls lazily (in slow, luxurious motion) back into a clear pool of water? I'll never forget that, and the satisfied, "Ahhhh!" they would make as their thirst was quenched.

I myself love the cold tea mixes; I just leave a water bottle full w/a couple tea bags in it in the fridge overnight. Next morning: ice cold tea to accompany my morning walk through the forest (this is a forest inhabited by fairies and centaurs, by the way).

7:56 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I also love iced tea for the summer & prefer home-brewed to the pre-made. I usually use Bigelow tea bags (Constant Comment, Cinnamon Apple or Lemon) & regular tea bags combined. Then, I brew it in my Mr. Coffee iced tea pot, add Splenda & I'm ready to go!


8:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Well Joy I still make tea the old fashion way boiling on the stove. My hubby drinks close to a gallon everyday. He wants it with sugar in it though so I usualy don't drink it.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Blodeuedd said...

I never did gte this whole ice tea deal, but maybe cos I never understood how too. But I would so love to try some

4:47 AM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

Thanks Joy,
Everytime I see them in the Shoprite by me I pass them by. I can't belive how easy it is. Well now when I go tomorrow to SR I'll be getting them. My Mother used to make iced tea and add some Orange juice and a couple of lemon and orange slices to the pitcher, really good.Thanks for letting us know how easy it is to use the cold tea bags..
Carol L.

5:14 AM  
Blogger Laurie G said...

I've never tried tea!! Will have to give it a try if it's Delish and easy!

8:19 AM  
Blogger FD said...

I'm not a big tea drinker, but a light cold drink liked iced tea hits the spot when it's too hot.

10:46 AM  
Blogger dsadler53 said...

I love iced tea, I have it every day at work from a can or buy it when I'm out of it by the bottle. I also buy the powdered box and make it during the summer and always have a pitcher in the fridge

4:48 PM  
Blogger Martha Eskuchen said...

Glad I saw this Joy! My DH was just asking me today where the big tea bags were to make tea.. didn't have any so we used 4 small bags and boiled the water first. I tell him to get the Cold Brew next time at the store!

4:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was raised on sweet tea. And I've used the cold tea bags before. I've never thought of using the lemonade powder or frozen concentrate, but I will be trying it for sure. I usually have a cup of hot tea in the mornings. Great post! I enjoyed all the comments.

7:01 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

I'm making sun tea today!
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8:03 PM  
Blogger Kytaira said...

I've never really been big on tea but my husband love iced tea at work on hot days. He uses the cold brew. Maybe I'll need to try some with the OJ or lemonade added.

8:43 PM  
Blogger one6ylady said...

If you make home brewed ice tea and find that it is bitter, try adding a pinch of salt to it. That cuts the bitter out completely and you don't taste the salt at all. This works equally well with coffee too.

10:55 PM  

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