Thirst-Quenching Sparkling Iced Tea
|Unsweetened tea||1 Gallon, brewed (double the amount of tea, but not the water)|
|Sparkling water||1 Gallon (unflavored is best)|
|Fresh fruit juice/Lemonade||1 Cup (16 tbs) (or more to taste (unsweetened is best))|
|Ice cubes||8 Pint|
|Fresh mint sprigs||4 Small (and/or Lemon slices, for garnish) (Optional)|
1. Star by brewing your tea, using twice the amount of tea as recommended. Once done, remove the tea bags and allow to cool to room temperature.
2. Take a one gallon pitcher or container, fill it half way with ice.
3. Next, pour in your juice. Any juice will work, or even lemonade. But I try to keep it fresh without any added sugar. You can use more juice if you really like it sweet, but I prefer just a hint of sweet. Up to you.
4. Then slowly pour in your sparkling water, followed by your tea.
5. Give it a couple of stirs to combine and you’re ready to go.
6. Fill a large glass half way with ice, pour in your sparkling tea.
7. Garnish with a sprig of mint, or maybe a slice of lemon and enjoy!
If making it for just yourself or to keep it carbonated longer, combine only the juice and tea and keep the sparkling water sealed tight. When you’re thirsty, add ice to your glass, fill it half full of sparkling water and the rest with your tea and juice combo. Re-seal the sparkling water and you’ll have bubbly tea as you want for a few days in the fridge.