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Sometimes, what I really want to drink is a tall glass of refreshing sweet lemon iced tea, but I'm not so interested in taking in all the high fructose corn syrup that's used to make the delicious beverage. 

I Googled for a recipe that could reciprocate the mass market brand, but most of these recipes called for the use of Kool-aid Lemonade Drink Mis, which is not a staple in my pantry or is it easily available in Manila. 

So I decided to experiment around in the kitchen (countless brands and tea flavors used), I finally found the great tasting mixture to make this yummy thirst-quenching drink. And it's healthy too!

INGREDIENTS:

1 bag of your choice tea bag (to fill a 12oz jug) -But I personally use Black Tea
Honey or liquid Sweet N' Low
2 Lemons

That's it!
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Pick your tea. You can use any tea you want. Twinings has a whole lotta choices but I prefer Black Tea if you want the classic Iced Tea taste. I would use any brand but Sunny Select is pretty good.

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2. You can use an ordinary tea pot to brew your tea but I like using the coffee maker because it's fast and it's fuss free!

If you are going to use your coffee maker, put your tea bag in the coffee pot (not in the filter) so that you can let the tea bag "sit" for a while to make the flavor of the tea come out.

To know how much water you need, use the jug you are going to use to measure the water. I filled up a 12oz (leaving about 2 inches from the rim) and poured the water in the coffee maker.

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3. When the coffee maker stops brewing, turn off the machine and let the tea "sit" for a while but remove from the hot plate.

Once it's cooled, transfer the tea into your jug. Juice 1 whole lemon into the tea and mix thoroughly. If you want it to be more tangy, add another lemon. But I like a faint taste of lemon only so I stick with one.

After transferring the tea in the jug and mixing it with lemon, I like putting it in the jug in the freezer to cool the tea faster (specially if I am so excited to drink already). As soon as the jug feels cool to the touch, remove from the freezer and transfer it to the refrigerator. Do not let the tea ice.


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4. I like my iced tea fresh every time. Leaving whole slices of lemon in the tea makes the tea give a pungent taste after a while which isn't pleasant. It's not really bad, it just doesn't taste good.

If you would like to fix yourself a glass, pour some cold tea in a tall glass (about 1/2). If you have hot water handy, melt 1 Tbsp of honey in 1/4 cup of hot water. Pouring honey in your tea will cause it to clump and it won't bind with the tea. So melt the honey first and pour it in your glass.

If you are using Sweet N' Low, just add 1 teaspoon of it in your 1/2 glass of tea and mix.

Add slices of fresh lemon in your glass, add ice and serve. And there you have it! Your very own healthy tea without the damaging calories!

 


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    FUEL:

    fu·el/ˈfyo͞oəl/

    Verb:Supply or power (an industrial plant, vehicle, or machine) with fuel: "a big novel that is fueled by anger and revenge".

    Noun:Material such as coal, gas, or oil that is burned to produce heat or power.

    Synonyms:firing - combustible - firewood

    Slang: A liquid to quench ones thirst.

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