I just learned a cool tip for making iced tea! I watched Tyler Florence on Food Network make an Arnold Palmer (iced tea and lemonade). According to Tyler, you should only steep your tea for 5 minutes, but that’s not the cool part. He makes a simple syrup to sweeten each glass of tea instead of sweetening the entire pitcher. I tried this last week and it tasted great. It can be slightly inconvenient (especially if you and those you live with like your tea the same way), but would be a great idea when hosting guests since people’s preferences differ.

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.

You can store the syrup in your fridge as long as you use an air-tight container.