This is a #latergram. My sister bought me a pack of Twinings tea in mint and while I am not a fan of tea, I could not bear the thought of throwing them away. I’m always on the look-out for easy-to-make beverages to pair with easy-t0-make meals. I believe that the right beverages help enhance the dining experience. The powdered iced tea that are cheaper and easier to make are PACKED with SUGAR. In fact, there might be no tea at all in powdered teas. And as I approach my 30s and knowing that diabetes runs in the family, I don’t want to take in that much sugar. So, I make home-made iced teas. I tell you, ditch those powdered iced teas in your pantries and make the authentic ones.
4 bags of tea
about 1 tablespoon of honey (I used the ones from local bee farms)
Steep the bags of tea in a mug of hot water. I let the tea bags seep for 5-10 minutes. (Okay, let’s just say that I leave them to seep a little longer and sometimes I forget about them until the water has become cold.). There are no hard and fast rules. Once you think you have extracted the “tea-ness” from the bags, place the tea into a pitcher and add water.
Slice the apples into wedges. I removed the seeds from the apples because I don’t want seeds floating in the iced tea. Add the apples to the tea in the pitcher. If I have some kind of citrus lying around, I’d add it (when I made this I had none). Adding lemon or kalamansi juice improves the flavor of the iced tea.
Add your sweetener. I used honey from local farmers (yes, the one stored in Tanduay-like bottles). I have no objections to using imported honey but the local ones were cheaper, and of course we are helping our own economy if we buy our own.
Let the iced tea sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. I found the iced tea better tasting the following day.