How to Make a Homemade Ice Tea Float

August 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes

Summer is coming to an end, but it is still hot in some places, and anyway, ice tea is always good.

I love a scoop of vanilla ice cream in my coffee and I also love root beer floats.

If you want something with way less sugar and caffeine, how about an Ice Tea Float? It is a fun treat to spice up your day.

Lacking milk and sugar to sweeten my tea, one day, I used a scoop of Breyer’s Vanilla Ice Cream and now I must highly recommend it to you!

Making ice tea is easy and it is a pleasant drink to have around the house. It has less caffeine than coffee and is less hard on the stomach.

To make a nice big batch of ice tea… choose your favorite tea. Mine currently is Earl Grey with Bergamot.

Boil a pot of water measured to the amount of the recycled glass jar you will be using.

After the water comes to a boil, shut off the fire or heat. Put in 5 tea bags without the strings or tags. Stir.

Without regard to the ice cream part, if you like sweetened ice tea, I put one spoon of sugar per tea bag, so in this case, 5 spoons of sugar. I use organic brown sugar and sometimes organic white sugar.

[If your ice tea is already cold and you want to sweeten per individual glass, Agave is a good liquid sweetener to use, or if you are diabetic, use a tiny bit of Stevia, which is natural (they say) and has no sugar content.]

Covered, let the hot water and tea bags steep for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until water is dark.

Pour tea into the glass jar. Let cool an hour on the counter. Then put into the refrigerator to chill. This may take several hours.

When glass jar is cold to the touch, you may drink it. Or you can add ice cubes if it is still warm and you really want to get at that tea.

I usually add a touch of milk, but it is also really tasty without it.

If you are going for the Ice Tea Float, add a vanilla ice cream scoop, which tastes great with black and green teas, but maybe not so good with fruit teas.

 

 

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