I freely admit that I'm a child of the North (meaning the United States, north of the Mason-Dixon line or even further delineated by the Maryland-Virginia border). Living in the South, I do miss my actual Philly Cheesesteaks, Wegman's, and Wawa (which has only made it as far south as Virginia, discounting Florida).
One thing I do enjoy about the South, though, is the sweet tea. I don't want that much sugar in my drinks, though, so I came up with this simple swap of a recipe to make my own diet "sweet" tea. It's a simple replacement of sugar with Splenda, and it is miles above any unsweetened tea (which I always end up putting sweetener in, anyway). You can even make it with decaf tea and have the perfect zero-calorie drink for winding down with on the patio after dinner.
Diet Sweet Tea
(makes one gallon)
- 1 cup Splenda (buy it by the bag at Amazon or any local market)
- 4 family-size Luzianne tea bags (regular or decaf) OR 8 regular-size bags of your favorite tea (even herbal workss)
- 1 quart of water (for boiling)
- 3 quarts of water (for adding after brewing)
- A one-gallon pitcher
- A small pot with lid
- A wooden spoon
- Boil one quart of water in a small pot over high heat, uncovered.
- While heating water, tie teabags together (make a small knot with all of the strings of the bags together). Once water is boiling, quickly dip the bags in and out of the water about ten times until water is dark. Leave the teabags in the water, remove from heat, and cover.
- While tea is brewing, pour one cup of Splenda into the dry one-gallon pitcher. This part is very important for making sweet tea, as the Splenda (or sugar in normal recipes) will be caramelized by the hot water in the next step rather than "stirred in."
- After the tea has been brewing for about 10-15 minutes, remove and discard tea bags. Pour the tea into your pitcher.
- Add lukewarm or cool water until the pitcher is full. Using a wooden spoon, stir the tea briefly to ensure everything is mixed up.
- Tea is ready to drink immediately by filling a glass with ice and pouring the tea over the ice. This is the best time to drink it, although it will stay in the fridge for a few days!
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