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sweet lime iced tea

Recipe by
Cindi Marie Bauer
Marshfield, WI

During the Summer I make several gallons of this iced tea. I never thought adding lime juice to iced tea, could taste sooo good! It's a nice change from the sweetened lemon iced tea I usually make.

yield serving(s)
method Stove Top

Ingredients For sweet lime iced tea

  • 6 cups
    boiling water
  • 7 tea bags
    (l used orange pekoe & black)
  • 3/4 cup
    sugar, plus 2-1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 limes
    (plus half of one lime, see *note)

How To Make sweet lime iced tea

  • 1
    In a (2-quart) heat-proof glass pitcher, add the tea bags to it. (If the tea bags have strings attached, be sure to remove them first.)
  • 2
    Pour boiling water over tea bags in the pitcher. Cover the pitcher, and allow tea to steep for 45 minutes. (I covered the pitcher with Saran Wrap.)
  • 3
    After the has steeped for 45 minutes, remove tea bags from the pitcher, and discard them.
  • 4
    To the pitcher, add the 3/4 cup of sugar, plus the 2-1/2 tablespoons of sugar; stir thoroughly to dissolve the sugar.
  • 5
    Add the juice of 2 limes to the pitcher, and stir. (For more lime flavor, add the juice from half of a lime as well.)
  • 6
    Let the tea cool to room temperature, then place tea in the refrigerator to chill.
  • 7
    Pour chilled tea into glasses filled with ice. Serve tea immediately.
  • 8
    *Note: For more lime flavor, add the juice of 2 and a 1/2 limes. Also, I usually double this recipe, and make the tea in a gallon size glass jar. Then I'll use 12 cups of boiling water, 14 tea bags, 1-1/2 cups of sugar, plus a 1/3 cup of sugar, and the juice of 4 limes (possibly 4-1/2 limes). This makes: 13-1/2 cups of tea (or) 105-ounces. One more thing I wanted to mention, if using a gallon size glass jar to make the tea, I'll cover the jar with an 8-1/2 inch glass dinner plate, while the tea is steeping.