The Best Way To Avoid Cloudy Iced Tea

It's easier than you would think to make clear iced tea at home.

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Our Mamas always taught us to offer homemade sweet tea and freshly baked cookies when guests come over. For us, pouring sweet tea from the store is simply not an option, even when we're in a rush. Why? Homemade sweet tea always tastes better. Plus, you can customize it to your taste preference, and add additional flavors such as mint or lemons. You can even add refreshing, fruity flavors such as peach puree or raspberry syrup for the hot summer season.

Ginger Iced Tea

Refresh Your Presentation

Presentation is key for a proper get together, and no one likes cloudy iced tea that looks unfiltered. The best sweet tea drink spreads offer clear sweet tea that's poured in a mason glass and well-garnished with lemon slices on the rim. It's fairly easy to have clear iced tea every time. The trick? After boiling, let the tea cool at room temperature before adding cold water and ice. Adding this step prevents the tannins and caffeine from binding together which is the usual culprit behind cloudy iced tea.

Once you've nailed that all-important clear tea, you want to think about how to best serve your refreshment. You can go with a tumbler that is similar to a pint glass, or choose more of a goblet shape with a foot. What we cannot get enough of is the trend in colored glassware that includes classic beaded glasses that will fill your kitchen with nostalgia.

Give The Gift Of Tea

You wouldn't happen to have a housewarming to celebrate, would you? Give the gift of a classic pitcher, and depending on your choice, fill it with tea ingredients. Include a recipe to one of the more fruity versions, and that pitcher might be holding a couple of peaches along with just the right kind of tea and some sugar wrapped in a cellophane bag. Include a pitcher spoon made just for stirring, and you're set.

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