It’s just too darn hot outside here in Central Texas! The thermometer says it’s 93 degrees but the heat index says it’s closer to 100. Time to cool off!
As a northerner, Sweet Tea became my favorite addiction here in Central Texas. Seriously. I judge restaurants based on their tea, and I love to make it as well. However, it’s always fun to put a little twist into ordinary sweet tea. My daughter had made a dessert the other night that called for a simple syrup with orange extract. Instead of the typical amount of syrup to be put into tea, we added a cup and a half of our orange syrup to a gallon of tea.
Well, hello, beautiful! Our company today absolutely adored it!
If you haven’t been indoctrinated into the Religion of Sweet Tea, let me first tell you it’s an art…and every person’s art is different. However, the one magic ingredient that holds that deliciousness all together is the simple syrup. Throwing sugar into iced tea will never EVER give you sweet tea. It’s all in the syrup.
So here’s how I make mine:
I cold brew 1 gallon of black tea (which takes an hour or so).
On the stove I create a simple syrup of 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. I bring this to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved. This would be your simple syrup.
Now what we had on hand this time was the “orange blossom syrup.” Take the syrup on the stove and add 2 teaspoons of orange extract. When it cools, add it to your pitcher of tea.