A bit of cheap refreshment!

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner. As the temperature is beginning to rise there is nothing more delightful than a nice cold glass of iced tea. It is super easy, and super cheap, and great to have on hand throughout the summer. My mom used to make this almond iced tea when I was a kid, and I have continued the tradition. Here’s how I make it.

What you’ll need:

3 lipton or other plain black tea bags

9 cups water

2 lemons

Almond extract

Sweetener, I usually use regular white sugar, but you can use agave, maple syrup, or honey

How to make it:

Put water in pot and bring to a boil

Before it boils, when you start to see little bubbles form, add your tea bags

Cover and let boil for 5-10 minutes

Remove from heat and let cool for at least 30 minutes

Place in a pitcher or other container

Place in fridge for 1 hour- overnight

Add sweetener, the amount is totally up to you, many southern style sweet teas use about 1 cup sweetener to 3 cups tea, this is a lot of sugar, so let’s say for the entire pitcher use about 3/4 cup sweetener

Add 1 tablespoon of almond extract and the juice of 1-3 lemons

Garnish with a little fresh mint, obviously optional, add ice and enjoy

And for and adult version, try adding some evan williams. Or you could make an iced tea sidecar, try these proportions, 3 parts iced tea, 1 part cognac, 2 parts triple sec

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