Cheater Iced Tea

Back when Periscope was taking off (remember that? wow, right?)... I laughed that I should do a series of broadcasts on "How to be Southern". A bit of DIY, a bit of tongue in cheek, and a lot of silly sprinkled all over. Needless to say, the series never happened... but it's always stayed in the back of my mind. 

On this particularly humid, hot day here in Georgia, I offer simple instructions for how to make quickie "cheater" Iced Tea.


Step 1:
Grab a Mason Jar. I know the photo above doesn't show a Mason jar, but I'm telling you. Grab a Mason jar or some other canning jar that can withstand the hot water. If you're a self-respecting Southerner, you've got plenty of these lying around. If you're not a Southerner, or you just play one on TV, go get you some.

Step 2:
Grab a plain black tea bag. I like PG Tips, but you could use Luzianne or Lipton's or another variety of plain black tea. You could go super fancy with Harney & Sons, but don't sweat it if you don't keep fancy in your house. 

Step 3:
Put the tea bag in the mason jar, and pour hot water over it until about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way up the jar. I use nearly boiling, but not quite. 

Step 4:
Let steep for 3-5 minutes. If you like it stronger, aim for the 5 minute end of that spectrum. 

Step 5:
This is important: Remove the tea bag so it doesn't get bitter, then add sweetener while it's still hot and stir to dissolve. Honey and sugar won't dissolve well (or at all) in cold water, so you've got to strike while it's hot. Sweetener is optional, of course, but we like it sweet.

Step 6:
Cram as much ice into the glass as you can fit. Then wait a minute or two and cram some more in because some of it will have melted almost immediately on impact. You are welcome to add freshly cut mint, as pictured above, at this point. Or go plain. It's all good. 

Step 7:

Please note: we are not responsible if you burn yourself with the hot water or if you overbrew and it's bitter. 

Please also note: there are better, more proper ways to brew iced tea. But when you are in a hurry on a hot day, this method'll do just fine. 

Photo by Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash

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