It's almost Spring, guys! It is getting to be the time of year again where juice, tea, and anything cold and with ice should always be on hand.
For our wedding last year, we had bought a lot of instant tea mix to make the day go more quickly. (I mean, realistically I nor my family had time to boil gallons and gallons of real tea the morning before the wedding, so instant tea was the way to go.) The problem is that I over prepared with (pretty much everything) and we had a lot of extra tea left over. The other problem is that Tyler and I would much rather drink real brewed tea than instant tea (meaning we don't really like the instant tea that much) and so it has just been sitting in the cabinet.
I was determined to create something that we could use the tea mix for that would also taste good, so I tried to come up with a fruity tea. I used Cran-Raspberry juice, because it is one of my favorites and isn't too terribly sweet.
5 Tablespoons Instant Tea Mix
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Hot Water
2 Cups Cold Water
2 Cups Preferred Juice
First, add 5 Tablespoons of Instant Tea Mixture to a pitcher. I purposefully wanted the tea to be a bit more concentrated than the back of the label called for.
The mix we had is unsweetened. I don't really do unsweetened tea unless it is green tea, so the sugar must go in! I added about 1/4 Cup of sugar.
Next, add one cup of hot water to dissolve the sugar and tea well. I really hate when sugar doesn't dissolve and sits at the bottom, so this is my way to ensure that doesn't happen.
Stir everything together and allow to dissolve before adding the cold water.
Darn. Sorry about the awful quality photos from here on. This was my first time taking blog photos with my husband's camera (since mine tragically died...again, but this time for good). It was getting late and the light through my window was apparently not good enough.
Next, add the two cups of cold water.
Lastly, add two cups of your favorite juice.
Store in the refrigerator in the awesome pitcher you received as a wedding gift! (Seriously, you know who you are if you read this blog - we love it and use it all the time!)
Do you like fruity flavored tea? I can remember not liking it as a child, but it is interesting how taste-buds change and become open to new things!