My default summer drink is Iced Tea, but sometimes, it needs a little makeover to make it a special treat. You can use any juice cocktail in this recipe, but I highly recommend taking a few extra moments and making the Simple Syrup to sweeten it!
Cranberry Raspberry Iced Tea
Makes a 2-quart pitcher
Put 2 cups of water in a tea kettle or in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, put the tea bags in a 2-quart pitcher. Once the water is boiling, immediately pour it over the tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. (I like my iced tea on the strong side and left mine in for 10 minutes.)
Remove the tea bags and discard.
Pour in the cranberry raspberry cocktail, the remaining 4 cups of water, and stir. Taste the tea and begin adding the amount of Simple Syrup you desire.
Slice a lime into ¼-inch slices and float in your pitcher of tea.
Store in the fridge until well-chilled. Pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime.
If you really want to jazz this up, fill your drinking vessel (I love that term and needed an excuse to use it today!) ½ full of the chilled tea and top off with club soda for a Cranberry Raspberry Iced Tea Spritzer.