One of the main issues I had with brewing and steeping of my own sweet tea was that it took time. You had to prepare a pitcher well in advance for it to be cold. By that time I had usually given in and gotten something else to drink.
Well no more! I've perfected the single serving sweet tea, and in the office no less. This is perfect if you work in an office building and happen to have a kitchen on your floor. Being summer this is awesome. It also helps lessen the sting of being in the office on a Sunday.
Step 1: Find the Kitchen on Your Floor
Find your office kitchen and take stock of what's available. You may not have everything on hand but most can be substituted fairly easily.
Step 2: Gather Up All the Ingredients
- Sugar or sweetener of choice
- Black tea bag
Step 3: Add Sugar to the Cup
I recommend covering the bottom of the cup with about a centimeter of sugar. This will be to taste of course.
Step 4: Add Hot Water
Add hot water to your cup of sugar. You will only want to put in about 1.5" of water. Just enough to get a good brew going. It's important that you don't add too much, otherwise the ice cubes won't do a sufficient job of cooling down your beverage.
Pick up a coffee stirrer and just your solution a few stirs to mix it all together.
Step 5: Add Your Tea Bag
Add the tea bag to the cup. You'll notice that the water just barely goes over the bag if the bag is standing upright. Slosh it around until you see that awesome brownish cloud permeate the entire cup. The cup should be fairly hot to touch right now, so hold by the top.
Step 6: Ice Cubes!
Add ice cubes to the cup until it reaches the top. Let it sit for a second, then jostle the cup. The first few cubes will have melted by now and have made room for more cubes to be added.