Can REAL Sweet Iced Tea be sugar free? This southern girl is here to tell you YES it can! I’m an artificial sweetener despiser, but I promise that a good brand of stevia is all it takes to take your sweet tea from flab to fab. I’ve read many a story of a true southern sweet tea lover who accidentally drank some stevia sweetened sugar free sweet tea and didn’t EVEN know it wasn’t ‘real’. It’s that good.
If you’re a Trim Healthy Mama like me, this would be a Fuel Pull beverage that you could enjoy anytime. Well, anytime there is any left in the pitcher
Which is why today on Trim Healthy Tuesday, I’m also going to share my favorite trick: how to make tea concentrate! I make one batch of tea that makes two or three pitchers…enough to last at least a full day. This lovely pitcher is actually a vintage Pyrex coffee percolater. Cool, huh? I just took out the percolating parts, and it’s my fave tea pitcher now. I fill it with 1-2 cups of water per batch that I’m going to make. Bring your water to a full boil.
Drop in 2 family sized tea bags per batch. I am making 2 batches here. Allow to steep for 5 minutes or until you remember that you’re making tea.
Now add 2 small scoops of good quality stevia extract per batch. I still have a little NuNaturals stevia left, and it didn’t come with a scoop, so I’m using these AWESOME Mini Measuring Spoonsthat my sister gave me. A dash is about the size of 2 of the small scoops (or doonks) that come in some brands of Stevia. I like 2 “doonks” of the Trim Healthy Mama stevia. Each stevia is slightly different in sweetness values, so you’ll want to start small and see what works to your taste.
I feel the need to confess that prior to Trim Healthy Mama, I’d put 3/4 cups of sugar in every pitcher of sweet tea. No wonder my jeans were so large back then. Gracious.
NOW…this is where things get practical. I made a double batch of tea here, so I poured half of it off into a little jar. Then I fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water, and we’re in business.So that’s one pitcher of sugar free REAL sweet ice tea, and a second jar of concentrate. When your first pitcher runs dry, just dump the concentrate in, and fill with water. Life is good when you’ve got concentrate in the fridge. It’s so easy to do this with other types of drink recipes too, once you know how much sweetener you prefer. Lemon-aid, chai, or your favorite warm beverage can be done the same way, and simply refreshed with cold or even boiling water to bring it to the temp you like.
Stacy is making Spaghetti Squash Primavera today over at www.stacymakescents.
Here’s a printable Sweet Ice Tea-Sugar Free recipe just for you
- 1-2 cups of water per 'batch' of concentrate you're making
- 2 family sized teabags per batch
- 2 of the enclosed measuring scoops ("doonks") of THM Stevia,or
1/8th t. of your favorite stevia extract per batch
- Bring water to boil
- Remove from heat, and add tea bags.
- Allow to steep for 5 minutes or more, to desired strength.
- Remove tea bags with a fork.
- Add sweetener.
- Divide concentrate into equal amounts in storage jars, and label.
- With remaining amount of concentrate in pitcher, fill with water.