In the south 'sweet tea' is a thing. A seriously sweet thing.
According to southern lore it MUST contain a small mountain of sugar and it MUST be served over ice!
But I have come to love it a little less sweet....let's say I have come to appreciate...sweet enough.
The secret is to use a bit of agave syrup, add citrus rounds of orange and lime (or lemon) then garnish with mint. You will end up with a lovely refreshing and much better for you glass of iced tea!
Add a few festive straws.....
...and make those southern hot summery days a little more bearable with this light, citrusy, 'sweet enough' tea for any palate - southern or otherwise! Cheers!
from my table to yours,
Sweet Enough Iced Tea
8 cups brewed* tea
2 family size tea bags (I like to use an orange pekoe like Liptons but you might fancy another brand)
1/2 cup agave syrup
1 orange sliced
1 lime sliced
mint leaves for garnish
*To brew tea: Heat 4 cups of water to boiling. Add 2 family size tea bags and let steep for 3-5 minutes (no longer or it will become bitter-this is the most often made mistake-steeping tooooo long). Pour into 2 quart pitcher. Add 4 cups water.
Stir in agave syrup. Add orange and lime slices. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with mint leaves, orange and lime slices.