Lemonade Iced Tea

Summer parties are almost here, including our oldest daughter’s birthday. And with that I wanted to try some drink recipes. This is partly to cut down on the cost of drinks for parties, as soda gets costly. But also because there is just something special about having a glass of something homemade. I don’t mind an occasional soda but on a hot summer day what could be more refreshing than a nice cold class of iced tea, lemonade or even water. Obviously I’m not going to do a post about ice water. How exciting would that be?

The other mission was to find recipes that were child friendly and kid approved. Sure, adult beverages are fun and tasty but then you’re still left with trying to find something to serve the children. If you’re having an adult only party, feel free to spike your drinks with a little of whatever suits your taste.

I love lemonade, minus the pulp. I hate pulp. I loathe it actually. It has no business being in any of my drinks. Some people love pulp, which just down right baffles me. We all have our own tastes though. Another favorite and easy drink, of so many, is iced tea. I’ve never been a huge fan but the idea of lemonade iced tea peaked my interest. I’ve never had it so it was worth a shot. Plus, the ingredients and steps involved would surely make for an easy drink.

Lemonade Iced Tea

Ingredients:

7 C water divided
2 family sized tea bags
1/2 C sugar
1 can lemonade, thawed

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add tea bags, cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Your water will be very dark now in comparison to the caramel color it starts out when you first add your tea bags. Remove and discard tea bags. Add 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until dissolved.

Carefully pour into your beverage pitcher of choice. I used a funnel to help with the pouring process. I didn't want spills or splashing. Pour in 4 cups cold water. Again, use the funnel if you have a small opening or want to prevent a mess. Add thawed lemonade. Stir well.

If you prefer no pulp,  pour lemonade into a mesh strainer over a small bowl. Transfer strained liquid into your iced tea.

Serve over ice.



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