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Two things that are new to me in Texas… Heat and humidity! In Utah we had dry summers with temperatures rarely hitting triple digits but here it is HOT. We’ve already enjoyed several weeks of blazing heat which inspired me to create a sparkling beverage.
Sweet tea is everywhere here and I have quickly jumped on the bandwagon. It is delightful and seems to compliment so many recipes. I’ve seen dozens of variations with people adding fruit, flowers, or syrups but I wanted to give mine a bit of a glamorous taste since I’m planning a little tea party with some new friends. I used the Mr. Coffee® Tea Cafe Iced Tea Maker which makes brewing cold tea a breeze and even comes with a nifty little recipe guide. The Classic Sweet Tea (located on the first page) was the perfect base to start with.
I feel like I should preface this by saying I am TERRIBLE at using any type of new kitchen equipment but LOVE this tea maker. We go through at least two pitchers a week and it takes me only a few minutes to get things brewing. You want to start by filling the Mr. Coffee® Tea Cafe Iced Tea Maker with water and load the pitcher with ice. After you’ve got that all set just pack the brew basket with tea bags, place the pitcher under the dispenser, and press the power button.
Can you believe how simple that is? I did use a few more tea bags than suggested in the original recipe since I was looking for a strong tea I would be able to dilute a little later on and was happy to achieve the perfect ratio my first try! Stir in a bit of sugar and mint (if using) followed by lemon slices.
Fill your glass with ice and pour 3/4 full with the tea. Top off with a little sparkling water and you’ve got a refreshing beverage perfect for everyday, parties, or any event.
Speaking of parties, make sure you jump on Facebook and head to the Mr. Coffee® Brand Facebook page! I’ll be taking over in a Facebook Live video during my tea party and you all are invited!
- 4 cups strong brewed iced tea (I recommend using the Mr. Coffee® Tea Cafe Iced Tea Maker)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup mint leaves (optional)
- sparkling water or club soda
- lemon slices
- In a large pitcher filled with ice stir together the tea and sugar. Add the mint if using and stir to fully combine.
- When ready to serve fill glasses with ice. Pour tea in each cup until 3/4 full. Top off with sparking water or club soda and a squeeze of lemon.
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