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Zero-Calorie Iced Tea

Refresh with a homemade iced tea. We've got two ways to make it: One the stovetop and in the refrigerator.

Wed, 18 Sep 2013|

Thirst-quenching iced tea. Unless you add a sweetener, iced tea has zero calories and is a healthful alternative to sugary drinks and diet sodas. See how we make this classic drink recipe. Tea is available in bags or in loose leaf form. If you're using loose tea, you'll need an infuser or a strainer. Next, pour 4 cups of fresh-boiled water into a heat-proof pitcher. If you're using loose tea, you can put it directly in the pitcher or place it inside an infuser. Cover the pitcher and allow the tea to brew or steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or the infuser or, if you used loosed tea, strain it into another pitcher. Allow the tea to cool for 2 hours at room temperature then serve it over ice. If it's just too hot outside to turn on the stove, try refrigerator brewed tea. Place 6 to 8 tea bags in a pitcher. Add 1-1/2 quarts of cold water and cover the pitcher. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the tea brew for about 24 hours. For a refreshing finishing touch, serve iced tea with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.