Here in the South, sweet tea is not just a beverage; it’s a way of life. Being a GRIT (girl raised in the South) myself, one of the first things I learned to make in the kitchen growing up was sweet tea. My grandma walked me through the tips and tricks that truly ensure that as a Southern hostess, I can serve up the perfect ice cold glass any time. Having watched her make my southern beverage of choice for years, once I became an adult, I took her teachings to heart, gave them a little twist and came up with my own classic Southern beverage. My Apple Spice Sweet Iced Tea takes her time honored tips and tricks for making the perfect glass of sweet tea and pairs them with a tasty twist to create a cool beverage that will make anyone want to get in touch with their Southern roots!
Now, let me go ahead and tell you that the perfect glass of iced tea comes down to three things; choosing the right tea, adding your sugar while the tea is hot and finding garnishes that enhance your flavor. But I’ve taken things a step further by incorporating just the right amount of sweetness and spice into my Apple Spice Sweet Iced Tea to create a cool beverage that takes iced tea to new, delicious levels! So, let’s look at how I make it why don’t we?
Before we get to the recipe for this can’t miss Apple Spice Sweet Iced Tea that requires no Southern upbringing to love, let’s talk for a minute about my number one rule for perfect iced tea and that is of course, choosing the right tea to use. When I asked my grandma what she used, her immediate response was Tetley® Tea. Armed with the knowledge that Tetley Tea is Nan approved, I headed to Publix to pick some up and was thrilled to find that I could get sweet on tea with the Tetley Tea Specially Crafted Blend for Iced Tea. This new addition to the Tetley Tea family boasts a specially crafted iced tea blend with 12% Nilgiri Tea to help enhance the tea’s crispness and sweetness and holds flavor. That means that it’s easier than ever for me to create the perfect glass of iced tea and since from January 23rd-29th, 2019, Tetley Tea is only $1.50 at Publix for their Iced Tea regular blend 24 count, you’ll be able to stock up and ensure that you always have the right tea on hand for my Apple Spiced Sweet Iced Tea.
Once I had my Tetley Tea in hand, creating my Apple Spice Sweet Iced Tea was actually pretty simple!
- 8 Cups of Boiling Water
- 2 Tetley® Tea Iced Tea Bags
- 2 Cups of Apple Juice
- 2 Large Apples
- 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
- 1 Teaspoon of Cloves
- ½ Cup of Sugar
- Ice Cube Trays
- Make your apple ice cubes by dicing up one apple and added the pieces to ice cube trays.
- Pour 1 cup of apple juice over the apples to fill the ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
- Pour 8 cups of boiling water over two Tetley Tea bags and allow them to seep for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and immediately mix in the sugar, letting it dissolve completely.
- Once sugar is dissolved, mix the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into the remaining apple juice.
- Pour the apple juice mixture into the tea and mix well.
- Chill the tea for 4-6 hours.
- Once the tea is cold, add the apple ice cubes to glasses and pour the tea over the top of the ice cubes.
- Add a straw and enjoy the delicious flavors!
While I love my sweet tea to be ice cold, I also like for it to be adorably cute and one of the easiest ways to accomplish both of these goals is through fun ice cubes. Since my Apple Spice Sweet Iced Tea incorporates the flavor of apples (which is totally convenient for me since I live super close to the apple capital of North Carolina), I decided to create fun apple ice cubes. To make them, I diced up my apple and added the pieces to my ice cube trays.
Once my ice cube trays had been filled with apple pieces, I poured in my apple juice, filling the trays to the top.
With my apple ice cubes prepped, I popped them into the freezer and allowed them to freeze completely. Next, I moved on to making the best sweet tea ever with a little spiced twist! To make my Tetley Tea, I added two tea rounds to the bottom of my container, poured my boiling water over the top, and allowed the tea to seep for 3-5 minutes.
While my tea was still piping hot (this is the key to great sweet tea), I poured in my sugar, using the heat of the boiling water to help it to dissolve completely.
Now, if you love plain sweet tea, stop here because you can pour this sweet tea over ice and it’s perfect! But you know me, I like to give things a little twist so I used my apple inspiration to mix up my iced sweet tea. To turn my regular sweet tea made from Tetley Tea from Publix into Apple Spice Iced Sweet Tea, I poured the remainder of my apple juice into a measuring cup and stirred in my spices.
With my tea still warm, I poured the apple juice mixture into my prepared sweet tea and stirred it gently. Then I simply placed my container in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours to allow my Apple Spice Iced Sweet Tea to cool completely. Once my Apple Spice Iced Sweet Tea was chilled, it was easy to serve up my amazingly delicious and adorably cute beverage to share with family and friends. I simply filled my jars up with my apple ice cubes.
Then I poured my Apple Spice Iced Sweet Tea over the top.
After adding a colorful straw to my creation, my deliciously simply and always perfect Apple Spice Iced Sweet Tea was ready to be served.
Living in the South, this is literally THE perfect tea for any occasion and the best part is, no matter what part of the country (or the world for that matter) you’re from, this Apple Spice Iced Sweet Tea is a deliciously refreshing beverage that everyone will love.
Now that I’ve shown you how to make my Apple Spice Iced Sweet Tea by using Tetley Tea from Publix, it’s only right as a Southern host that I tell you to go out and get all the ingredients today so that you’ll be ready to serve up the perfect glass of sweet tea on your porch any time family or friends stop by! Remember to head to Publix from January 23rd through 29th to take advantage of the buy (1) get (1) free sale on Tetley Iced Tea Regular Blend 24 count when you buy two (2) boxes of Tetley Iced Tea Regular Blend 24 ct. This awesome way to stock up and save ensures you’re always ready to entertain or simply relax with a classic Southern beverage in hand!
Then whip up regular sweet tea. Try your hand at my Apple Spice Iced Sweet Tea. Or come up with your own creation. But be sure that for the best sweet tea, you start with Tetley New Southern Special-Teas from Publix!
Tell me, what’s your favorite way to serve up Tetley Tea?