It’s that good old southern standard – Iced Tea. And that’s fresh brewed, unsweetened ice tea – no instant mixes, no lemon, no sugar, no nutrasweet, no splenda. At first, it took a little getting used to, but now it is my personal standard of drink. When I have a full day of massage, I keep an insulated, lidded cup in my massage room so I can drink this amazing beverage (through a straw- so I won’t have to touch the cup during the session or stain my teeth with the tea).
I even replaced drinking water at the gym with drinking ice tea. I usually keep quiet about it in class, but one day I had a see-through straw. As I was drinking, my instructor saw the brown-colored liquid going up the straw and I was busted! She gave me a long lecture about the importance of water. I asked her to try it sometime. Now she drinks tea during class. Go figure.
My recipe: First, use quality ingredients. I like Tazo Awake Tea. I use a coffee pot and put 5-6 tea bags into the top basket (where coffee grinds go). Fill up the water container to 12 cups and press “go.” While it is brewing, place 5 half-gallon pitchers on the counter. When the first tea batch is made, pour the tea in equal amounts into all 5 pitchers. Using the same tea bags, make a second pot of tea. When the second tea batch is made, again, pour the tea in equal amounts into all 5 pitchers. Repeat the process until all 5 pitchers are full. Let the tea sit on the counter until cool, put on the lids and put it in the fridge.
Now, you have 5 pitchers of delicious ice tea with only about 1 tea bag per half-gallon. If you need a slightly stronger tea, instead of increasing the tea bag count, place a coffee filter in the basket before the tea bags. This will keep the water in the basket a little longer and produce a slightly stronger tea.