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Making homemade iced tea is simple with a tea concentrate, simple syrup, and sparkling water. Read along for the how to to whip up a delicious batch of sparkling iced tea this summer!
It’s finally feeling like summer which means I can start with the fun summer cocktails and drinks. It’s been a long time coming, my Friends! While I don’t really drink tea or coffee, I’ll happily make an exception for a glass of iced tea on a summer day! Last week when Dan and I were walking through the park, there was a group giving out sample cans of a new San Pellegrino Iced Tea (which is delicious, btw!) and it inspired me to give a sparkling iced tea recipe a try for myself.
Making homemade iced tea is made simple by preparing a black tea concentrate first (this article by Traditional Cooking School describes the how and why of tea concentrate so well!). This is a strong tea mixture that you can mix with water. Having a pre-made batch of tea concentrate makes preparing homemade iced tea a bit quicker than making a glass of tea and waiting for it to cool each time. This iced tea is made special with 3 different flavours of simple syrup (choose just 1 per drink ;)) and you can also make your own different homemade iced tea flavours by altering the simple syrup recipe. Top off your tea concentrate and simple syrup with some sparkling water and you are ready to sip!
3 different flavour options for subtly sweet sparkling iced tea. Perfect for summer!
Boil 4 cups of water and add 6 tea bags. Steep for 3 minutes. Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container in the fridge. This quantity is enough for 16 glasses of iced tea.
Choose just 1 of the above flavour combinations or make up your own. In a small pot, combine the sugar, water, and the fruit/herbs of your choice.
Bring the mixture to a boil to dissolve the sugar and stir occasionally. Once the pot reaches boiling, reduce to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes.
Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the liquid through and remove the fruit.
Allow your simple syrup to cool and store in an air tight container in the fridge. Since this simple syrup is made using fruit, the shelf life is reduced compared to other simple syrups. Making a one cup batch at a time will allow you to consume it all with your black tea concentrate over the course of a few days.
Fill a cup with ice. Add 1/4 cup of your black tea concentrate and 1-2 tablespoons of the simple syrup depending on your sweetness preference. Top up with sparkling water (I used my SodaStream). Stir to combine.
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