Friday, August 6, 2010
The Ultimate Sweet Tea
Oh my is it hot. That makes it tough for a tea lover like me. I am just too sweaty to curl of with a hot cup of tea. But that doesn't change the fact that I love my dessert teas. They are especially good when you get the late night munchies, but don't want to snack.
I posted about this tea last winter. Lipton's Vanilla Caramel Truffle. Dessert in a cup. But, it has been lingering in my cupboard waiting for Fall. Today, I was entertaining a bit of a sweet tooth and decided to try it iced. I usually go for unsweetened iced tea--especially with lemon or lime. I am glad I tried this because it is good. It tastes really close to an Italian Cream Soda or Vanilla Cream...I used to drink those A&W cream sodas when aspartame wasn't an issue. This of course, doesn't have the fizz, but the taste is similar. Not bad at all. It will definitely get you over a sugar craving...or even an ice cream craving. You could add a mini moo or cream to it, but I didn't bother. The vanilla makes it taste rather creamy anyway.
So if you bought some last winter, find it in the back of the cabinet and make this ultimate sweetened iced tea. I got two cups out of one bag, and it is plenty strong. I put my hot water in a mason jar and heated it in the microwave oven. Cooler kitchen that way. Then I let the tea triangle (this is a premium tea, in a triangle bag, not a regular flat one) steep for about 10 minutes in the jar. Then I removed it, and added ice to the top of the jar. That melted into about 2 cups of tea. I added sweetener to taste also. Easy method, and you could even drink out of the jar if you want. I am at home so I put it into a pretty glass, but the jar method would allow you to screw on the lid and take it on the road with no spills. Just another way to stay cool, healthy and not deprived at all!