The best time to sweeten iced tea is while it’s still hot (if you used the conventional “hot-brewed” method). This allows the sugar or honey to dissolve completely. But if you cold-brew your iced tea, or your iced tea drinkers prefer different levels of sweetness (or none at all), then your best bet is to offer simple syrup, which is basically sugar that’s already been disolved in water.
Simple Syrup Recipe: Bring 2 cups of cold water to a boil. Stir in 1 cup of plain granulated sugar. Reduce heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. Add flavorings, if desired (about a tablespoon of any liquid extract). Let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
May 29 2009 10:07 am | Iced Tea