Honey & Orange Sweet Tea

Honey sweet teaHere in southeast Missouri we might be more midwest than we are southern, but we still love our sweet tea. Some soda dispensers offer sweet tea as a option. It’s no joke. And summer time is the best time of year to enjoy a tall glass of ice cold sweet tea. 🙂

My favorite sweet tea recipeThere are all sorts of variations on sweet teas but here is one of my favorite recipes. The addition of a little honey adds another depth of sweetness/flavor. I love oranges but any citrus you prefer could be used here instead (like lemons or limes). Oranges are sweeter, but lemons could add a little zest kick, so you do what you like.

Zest kick. Hmm. I don’t know what I’m talking about sometimes.

How to make perfect sweet teaHoney & Orange Sweet Tea, makes one large pitcher

64 ounces water (or about 2/3 full in a large pitcher)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 cold brew tea bags (I used Lipton)
1 orange

In the pitcher stir together the water, sugar and honey until dissolved. Add the tea bags and allow to brew for 3-4 minutes (check your package for directions as different brands may have different suggestions). Remove the bags.

Orange slicesSlice the orange very thin, removing any seeds. Add the orange slices and enough ice to fill the pitcher.

Citrus and honey sweet teaIf you can’t find cold brew tea bags, or prefer to use regular you could try making sun tea.

Orange sweet teaServe cold. Sit on your front porch. In a rocking chair. With a banjo. Whittling wood. Reading a book on outdated, southern stereotypes.

Too far? Ok, then just enjoy the tea. 🙂 xo. Emma

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