For the Iced Tea
4 tablespoons good black tea such as Assam, Ceylon, Earl Grey, or English Breakfast
1 quart fresh, filtered water, in a heat resistant pitcher or container
1 quart filtered water, cool
Heat one quart of water to boiling in large saucepan. Add loose tea to boiling water and allow to steep 4 minutes. Immediately strain tea into cool water.
1 cup water
1 cup Rain’s Choice Vanilla Sugar, and 1 cup regular cane sugar
Zest of 4 lemons
1/8 tsp salt
Juice of 6 lemons
Combine water, sugars and lemon zest. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Cool, and then add the lemon juice. Strain the syrup and store in the refrigerator in a covered jar. (This base can also be used to make lemonade by using 1 part lemonade base and 4 parts water.)
Fill a 16 ounce glass 3/4 full with ice. Put in 2 -3 tablespoons lemonade base and then slowly fill the glass with tea. Garnish with mint sprig and serve.
For alcoholic beverage, add Bourbon.