January 16, 2012

Tailgate Recipes: Sweet Tea and Arnold Palmer

Best Sweet Tea Recipe

16 cups (1 gallon) cold water
16 individual tea bags or 4 family sized bags. (I like to use Lipton cold brew.)
1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar 
Lemon and mint for garnish
*1 cup of  Bacardi rum if you want to spike it.

If you are using cold brew tea bags, you add the bags to the water for 3 minutes and then sweeten to taste. If you are using regular tea bags, bring water to boil over high heat in a large pot. Remove from heat and add tea bags for 6-8 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Add sugar to your pitcher, once the tea is done steeping pour into pitcher, stir until sugar is dissolved. I've read that adding a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, makes the tea super smooth without any bitterness. 

Arnold Palmer Recipe

Equal parts iced tea and lemonade. (This is the best lemonade.)

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (or if using lemonade, eliminate the sugar)
1 cup chilled brewed tea
2/3 cup sugar (can use simple syrup also)
1 1/2 cups Bourbon, Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey or Vodka
Lemon and mint for garnish

Combine chopped mint and sugar in a pitcher. Stir in tea, lemon juice and your alcohol of choice. Refrigerate for 30 minutes up to 2 hours. 

Serve in this great mason jar drink dispenser

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