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Iced Tea Syrups

Martha Stewart Living, August 2004

It's one of summer's perennial questions: How do you get sugar to dissolve in a cold glass of tea? Stop stirring, and instead sweeten your tea with syrups infused with mint or lemon, flavoring your brew at the same time. For mint, you will need 1/2 cup packed fresh mint; for lemon, the zest and juice of 2 lemons. In a small sauce pan, combine mint leaves or lemon zest and juice with 1 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil, let the sugar dissolve, and remove the pan from the heat. Let liquid cool; strain through a fine sieve. Use about 4 teaspoons of syrup per tall glass of tea. Syrups will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Comments (6)

  • KLEET 29 Aug, 2011

    This is a really nice little hostess gift if you can find some cool jar to put it in. Then just put on a cute little tag for ideas how to use it.

  • jeannap 18 Feb, 2010

    Saw this trick when we were in Thailand...what a great idea, I can't believe I didn't think of it before

  • gailg0404 3 Mar, 2009

    I drink a lot of green and white tea. try this with honey instead of sugar. Heat it in the microwave and add mint extract after it cools. I live in Arizona where lemons actually grow so I will make a bunch of this and freeze it in ice cube trays. Thanks

  • mmsrjs 11 Aug, 2008

    WELL I GAVE THE RECIPE A TRY ONLY SUBSTITUTING 'SOMERSWEET' FOR THE SUGAR. HAVE TO GET USED TO THE TASTE BUT KNOWING ITS MUCH BETTER FOR OUR BODY. I'LL KEEP ON USING IT.

  • Stephleph 21 Apr, 2008

    You could cut this recipe in half or in just make 1/4. I bet it would freeze well too!

  • mmsrjs 11 Jan, 2008

    THIS IS A GREAT IDEA, HOWEVER 1 CUP OF SUGAR IS 1 CUP TO MUCH FOR ME. WILL TRY THE MINT AND LEMONS. SOUNDS GOOD