Wednesday, May 7, 2008
It was warm in Maryland today and after a long day at work, followed by a stop at Lowe's on the way home for garden supplies, and then mulching some more on the east side of the house, this raspberry flavored tea really hit the spot. You know, if you're working up a sweat, there's nothing that beats a good tall glass of iced tea. Oh, there's George up there in the top right hand corner of this picture. He's looking at his friend, Natasha, the yellow lab that lives across the farm driveway. So, what's this tea, you ask? It's Bigelow's Raspberry Iced Tea and it's really simple to make. Boil 2 cups water. Add 3 raspberry tea bags. Let steep about 15-20 min. Add 1 cup sugar, stir. Pour into 2 qt. pitcher and add cold water to taste. For my tea, I used 3/4 cup sugar, rather than a full cup. I've tried sugar substitutes like Splenda, natural sweeteners like Stevia and even honey. The Splenda doesn't taste quite right, and the honey is fine, but not as good as the sugar. The Stevia can be only be described as blech. I got this simple recipe from a friend and I've always loved her iced teas. She can whip up a pitcher pretty quick and they're always so darn good. I went to see her recently and this time, she served this raspberry tea to me for the first time. It just has a nice, clean taste to it and, well, I wanted to share it with you. Hope you like it.
Posted by Country Girl at 6:21 AM