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Sweet Tea Concentrate

Sweet iced tea is a Southern classic and this is a fabulous recipe for those tea lovers or for a party. The concentrate will make 20 servings. —Natalie Bremson, Plantation, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings (5 cups concentrate)

Ingredients

  • 2 medium lemons
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups English breakfast tea leaves or 20 black tea bags
  • EACH SERVING:
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  • Remove peels from lemons; squeeze fruit, reserving 1/3 cup. Save remaining juice for another use.
  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until sugar is dissolved, 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; add tea leaves and lemon peels. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain tea, discarding tea leaves and lemon peels; stir in lemon juice. Cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • To prepare tea: In a tall glass, combine water with 1/4 cup concentrate; add ice.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup concentrate: 165 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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