Sweet Apple Iced Tea
- 6 cups water
- 6 sweet apple tea bags (recommended: Celestial Seasonings Sweet Apple Chamomile)
- 1 1/3 cups Vanilla Simple Syrup, recipe follows
- 1 small apple, thinly sliced
- 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
- Vanilla Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 vanilla bean, cut in 1/2 lengthwise and seeds removed
In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the tea bags. Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Remove the tea bags and discard. Add the Vanilla Simple Syrup and stir. Pour the mixture into a glass pitcher. Add the apple and lemon slices and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Pour the tea into ice-filled glasses and serve.Vanilla Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water, vanilla bean, and vanilla bean seeds. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.
Yield: 1 1/3cups
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis