This easy homemade iced tea recipe is made with only five ingredients and tastes like summer!
And this is why we have automatic ice machines, people. #iceicebaby
And really, really cute straws. Cute things just make everything better! It’s a fact of life.
I used to live near this tiny artisan food market that had this amazing sandwich shop in the back. They always had 3 or 4 homemade iced teas brewing that were ridiculously amazing, and sometimes, the teas were the real reason we went so often.
Blueberry Pomegranate was a real favorite, and apparently, a real crowd pleaser considering more often than not they were out of the first batch by the time we arrived for lunch. Ohh, let me tell you, it was so worth the wait.
This Apricot Lemon Iced Tea is pretty worth the wait too. If Plaza P (that definitely wasn’t this shop’s name, but I think it should’ve been) had served this tea, I probably never would have left.
This simple summer tea recipe has only 5-ingredients standing between it and you (or me, because I can down a whole pitcher of this stuff in a day if I don’t pace myself).
2. Tea Bags
3. Lemon Juice
5. Apricot Nectar
Despite the small ingredient list, this iced tea packs a subtle punch (I know that last statement was totally an oxymoron, because how can something pack a punch if it’s subtle, but, this tea is full of apricot lemon flavor without it overpowering the tea flavor, aka, packing a subtle punch).
- 5 cups of water
- 5 tea bags (whatever flavor you prefer--I used a plain flavor)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup lemon juice, fresh
- 12 oz apricot nectar
In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then remove from the heat and steep the 5 tea bags for 10-12 minutes (covered). Once the tea has steeped, remove the tea bags. Set aside.
In another saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly (this makes a simple syrup) until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool 10 minutes.
In a large pitcher, mix together steeped tea, simple syrup, lemon juice, apricot nectar, and the remaining 2 cups of water.
Chill in the fridge for 3-4 hours, or serve with ice.
Adapted from Taste of Home.
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