I’ve never been a huge fan of iced tea. I love hot tea in the winter, could drink it all the time. But iced tea? Not so much. So I don’t know what compelled me to make my own pitcher of iced tea (possibly influenced by being in the South last week and seeing all those “sweet tea” ads) but I’m glad that I did. This is good stuff. I found it on About.com where they called it Boston iced tea (something about the bogs?)
Cranberry-Pomegranate Iced Tea
2 quarts water
1/2 cup sugar
8 tea bags – I used 1/2 English Breakfast and 1/2 Lipton tea bags
20 frozen ice cubes of cranberry (or cranberry+random other fruit juice)
1 lemon cut into slices
Freeze your cranberry juice into cubes (it takes a stupid amount of time to freeze juice FYI). Boil the water and when it starts to roll dump in the sugar and stir until dissolved. Steep the tea bags for 4 – 5 minutes and then remove from heat and throw away the tea bags. Put the tea in a container/pitcher/vessel of some sort. Then cut the lemon and throw them in. Let it cool down to room temperature and then toss in your crazy cranberry ice cubes to start to chill/flavor it. If you want it colder add regular cubes for a delicious and refreshing summer beverage.