Independence weekend is a great time to get together with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate freedom. It's also a wonderful opportunity to showcase some new recipes and delight everyone with refreshing drinks. Here are 3 easy and classic Iced Tea recipes to kick off the party with during this holiday.
Classic Southern Sweet Tea
Making sweet tea isn't difficult at all, but many Southerners argue about how much sugar you should include. When it comes to this Southern staple, we say the sweeter the better!
Governor's Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch
This refreshing and summery peach tea punch is perfect for bridal or baby showers, garden parties, and elegant teas. Source: MyRecipes.com
- 3 family-size tea bags
- 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
- 1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
- 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup
- 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
- 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
- Garnish: fresh peach wedges
- Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add tea bags and mint leaves. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
- Discard tea bags and mint. Pour into a 1-gal. container; add peach nectar, lemonade concentrate, and Simple Sugar Syrup. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
- Pour chilled tea mixture into a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir in ginger ale and club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
Make the syrup a week ahead, and keep cold. Chill the club soda, too, but mix the drink just before serving to keep it nice and fizzy. Use leftover syrup to make a boozy version for the grown-ups in your crowd, and set up a self-serve beverage station with fresh lemon and mint leaves. Adapted From: MyRecipes.com
- 1 3/4 cups fresh lemon juice (about 10 lemons)
- 1 1/2 cups Mint Tea
- 2 cups chilled club soda
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Simple Syrup (Sweeten to Taste)
Stir together all ingredients in a large pitcher. Serve immediately.