Sweetening Iced Tea
If you are using the traditional hot brew method, the best time to sweeten iced tea is while it's still hot. This allows the sugar or honey to dissolve completely. But if your iced tea drinkers prefer different levels of sweetness or you are using the eco friendly cold brew method, your best bet is to offer simple syrup. Simple syrup is ideal for cold drinks because it evenly distributes throughout the cold beverage, unlike sugar crystals which often settle to the bottom of a cold beverage and do not dissolve.
Simple Syrup Recipe
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
Bring 2 cups of cold water to a boil. Stir in 2 cups sugar. Reduce heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. Add flavorings (herbs or liquid extract), if desired. We recommend about one teaspoon of any liquid extract. Let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
For a fun variation, infuse peppermint leaves in the syrup to make a Minty Simple Syrup -- perfect for adding to iced tea and/or for making a mint julep on Derby Day! Click here to view the recipe for Minty Simple Syrup.