Recipe: Simple Syrup For Iced Tea

by Anne Maxfield on July 8, 2010

Accidental Locavore Iced TeaThe Accidental Locavore loves drinking ice tea in the summer, well actually year round. The problem is always that I like to have a little sugar in my tea, but it never really dissolves well. Recently, over lunch with a friend of mine at Recipe where they serve their ice tea with a small pitcher of simple syrup & the proverbial light bulb went off over my head.

For those of you not familiar with simple syrup, it’s just sugar dissolved with water, and heated until the sugar melts into the water.

You use equal parts sugar to water, I’ve been doing a cup of each. Now, where it gets fun, is what you add to the syrup. My first attempt was to add 1/2 a vanilla bean, which was delicious. This afternoon I experimented with some lemon peel and fresh mint from my garden. Currently the mint is a little assertive, but I think the lemon peel will mellow out with a little time.
Give it a shot and let me know how you flavor it.

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