Iced Tea Concentrate
16 Cups Water
1 box Family-Size Tea Bags (24-count)
4 Cups Sugar, or to taste (I'm trying to cut back on my family's Sugar and I use only 2 cups Sugar, which isn't much at all. Start with 4 cups; if you like it Southern Style you may want as much as 6 cups Sugar.)
Bring the Water to a boil in a large pan.
Add Tea Bags; cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
While the Tea is steeping, place Sugar in a large, pourable storage container.
When the steep time is complete, removed Tea Bags, draining thoroughly. Pour Tea over Sugar, stirring to dissolve. Store in refrigerator.
To make a pitcher of Iced Tea, dilute the Concentrate to a ratio of 4:1, that is, four parts Water to one part Concentrate.
Serve over ice in your Great-Grandmother's Iced Tea glass with an antique silver spoon for stirring.
Makes 1 Gallon Concentrate, 5 Gallons of prepared Iced Tea.
Iced Tea Concentrate is wonderful to keep on hand out in the garage fridge--when the pitcher in the house is empty there is no panic to make more before the men come in on a hot day--just dilute the concentrate and Iced Tea is ready! I like to use decaffeinated tea bags, which unfortunately are only available at Wal-Mart or Target in the winter. I also like to use the store brand because they are not individually wrapped--one less step in the process. This is especially good when made with Mint Tea; you'll need about 40 regular-size tea bags. You can also use this to make Fake It >> Arizona Raspberry Tea.
I give credit to my Mom for this recipe; she has made Iced Tea from concentrate for as long as I can remember.