Recipe: Spiced Sweet Tea

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During the holidays, my grandmother would make a spiced sweet tea. Although this isn’t her recipe, it’s what I imagine she would have used, similar to mulling spices. I created this wonderful iced tea that’s very soothing. This recipe has less sugar than traditional sweet tea, you can always add extra simple syrup if you prefer it sweeter.

Spiced Sweet Iced Tea
12 tea bags  (Lipton or any type of black tea works well)
2 cinnamon sticks
24 whole cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 quarts cold water to brew tea
simple syrup

Method of Preparation
Put spices in a cheese cloth and tie with twine to submerge in brewing water. Or, you can put them in the brewing water loose. You will strain at the end.

Add tea bags and spices to pot and soft boil for approximately 45 minutes until flavor blends.

Remove from heat, let it cool and then strain tea into pitchers or large mixing bowl.

Add 1-½ cups simple syrup to tea and stir.

Tea should be a little strong to pour over ice and maintain a robust flavor and it’s not real sweet. However, if you prefer really sweet tea, you can slowly add more simple syrup to your taste. 

For service, a nice glass pitcher or carafe are great for table presentation.

Yield: ½ gallon

Note: Tea is best made day in advance to allow flavors to develop. I like to leave a few cloves in overnight and strain before serving.

If you’ve never made simple syrup before, here’s how you make it.  It’s very, well, simple! 

Simple Syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups cold water

Add sugar and water to sauce pan and dissolve sugar on medium-low heat, approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once sugar is dissolved, let it cool completely.

Peace & Love

Cecelia Hamilton