I am a little ashamed to admit this, but I am a Mt. Dew girl. I love it! However, sometimes you just get a little "popped-out", as I like to call it, and you want something different. That is where I am at this weekend. All I have wanted to drink is Lipton's Green Tea with Citrus. I am not usually a tea drinker, but that stuff is like liquid crack! (Is it okay to say crack?) However, to buy it by the bottle it is like $1.69! THAT IS WHACKED! (You see what I did there...crack and whack...Yea, I'm sorry.) So I said to myself tonight "There has got to be a way to make this." So off to my kitchen I went to play mad scientist. I am happy today that with a little trial and error I have come up with a delicious Iced Green Tea with Citrus Recipe for you and I can't wait to show you how easy it is! Not to mention how much less expensive!
Let's get going!
Iced Green Tea with Citrus:
*Prep-Time: 2 minutes *Cook Time: 10 minutes *Difficulty: Easy *Servings: 2 quarts
Here Is What You Will Need:
- 1 c. Sugar
- 2 c. Orange Juice
- 2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 8 Green Tea Bags
- 2 qt. and 1 c. Water
Tools You Will Need:
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Sauce pan
- 2 qt. Pitcher
In a sauce pan add 1 c. of sugar...
And 1 c. of water.
Turn on high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally
Drop heat to a simmer and let go until all the sugar is dissolved.
While your sugar is simmering, open 8 tea bags and tie together.
When you sugar is dissolved, put into a 2 c. measuring cup and allow to cool.
In a second measuring cup, add one cup of orange juice. (I know this says a half a cup, but I forgot to get a picture of the 1 c. of OJ that I decided was better. Please forgive.)
To the orange juice add 2 tbsp. of lemon juice and stir.
Pour the orange and lemon juice mixture to your simple syrup and stir.
There you have a beautiful flavor base for your tea!
Again I must confess something that I am not proud of...
I am not very patient. I didn't want to wait for 2 quarts of water to come to a boil, so I just did it in my coffee pot. Don't judge. I was thirsty. :)
You pour the hot water onto your tea bags in the pitcher and...
Allow to brew for...
4-5 minutes depending on how strong you want your tea to be.
After 4-5 minutes, using a slotted spoon, remove your tea bags. See how easy tying them together made that!
Now you are going to get your simple syrup mixture and...
Add it to your tea.
There you have it a homemade pitcher of iced green tea with citrus.
I could believe how simple and delicious this was and for a fraction of the cost!
So, the next time you have a hankering for the expensive store bought stuff, head on in to your kitchen and brew your own. You will impress yourself with you mixology skills and feel good you saved a buck or two along with it!
Happy Reading, Happy Drinking, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~
Iced Green Tea with Citrus
Tools You Will Need: