Citrus Iced Tea

There is a reason why us southerners call it the table wine of the south. We love to drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Who wouldn’t love it on a hot sweltering day like today?It doesn’t matter if you like it sweetened or unsweetened, it quenches the thirst like no other drink.What am I talking about?
Iced tea of course.
Well, to be more specific, Southern Citrus Iced Tea.
Why don’t you pull up a chair, grab a glass and sit a spell.
Can it get any better than this?

Citrus Iced Tea


6 cloves
8 cups cold water divided
9 regular size tea bags
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ( 3 lemons)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


To infuse the cloves, combine them with 2 cups of the water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat and let steep for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour.Bring 2 cups of the remaining water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan. Add the tea bags, cover and remove from heat. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove the tea bags without squeezing them.Strain the clove water through a fine-mesh strainer into a 2 quart container. Add the steeped tea, orange juice, lemon juice and sugar. Stir or shake until the sugar is dissolvedAdd the remaining 4 cups cold water and shake or stir to combine.Let cool, then chill and serve over ice.

Peace be with you,