My father is an incredible man. When it comes to the kitchen, he is “famous” for his omelets, cream cheese dip, burgers and especially pizza. Other than that, he pretty much lets us ladies have the kitchen. For some reason though, he decided to come up with this recipe many years ago and, although Gatorade or Powerade are not strangers around here, during the hot summers this is plenty popular too 🙂
Orange Spice Tea
6 small bags Orange Spice Tea (Celestial Seasons is by far my all-time, hands down favorite)
2 large bags Black Tea (or 4 small)
1 gallon Water
3/4 cup Honey
Bring both teas and 4 cups (or so!) of water to a boil.
The regular method: As soon as the water boils, turn off heat and steep until the water is warm. Remove the tea bags and mix in 3/4 cup honey. Add the remaining 3 quarts of water.
If you are in a hurry: Simmer tea for about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the bags. Mix in 3/4 cup honey, then add ice and the remaining cold water to make 1 gallon.
(Either method works great … we have been making this recipe for at least ten years, using any method, from letting it sit a few minutes to “steeping” overnight, and have yet to mess it up!)
For the guy’s work: Pour the concentrated quart between 4 empty Gatorade bottles, then add the remaining water.
Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Enjoy!