How to make it

  • A summer in the South wouldn’t be quite right without sweetened iced tea, but making iced tea can be easier said than done. It’s all too easy to turn the tea unpalatably bitter through oversteeping. How do you make perfectly smooth sweet iced tea? Here’s what we discovered:
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  • Skip the heat. Steep a large quantity of tea bags in room temperature water for a strong-flavored brew without the bitterness.
  • Sweeten the tea with simple syrup instead of granulated sugar to ensure that the sugar fully dissolves into the tea. Simple syrup is just equal parts water and sugar heated long enough to dissolve the sugar.
  • Flavor the syrup with a cinnamon stick and add apple juice for a unique iced tea.

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