Monday, February 21, 2011

Giada's Sparkling Earl Grey Iced Tea w/ Dried Lemon Slices


* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup water


* 5 cups water
* 5 Earl Grey tea bags
* 4 dried or fresh lemon slices, plus extra for garnish
* Ice
* Sparkling water


For the syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes.

For the tea: In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the tea bags and lemon slices. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Remove the tea bags and discard.

Pour the syrup and tea mixture into an ice-filled pitcher. Pour into glasses and add a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with lemon slices and serve.

 For Dried Lemons:  Dried lemon slices make a terrific garnish. Just cut unpeeled fruit into 1/8" thick slices, discarding ends. Place on a large wire rack on a baking sheet and dry in a 170° oven for 4 hours. Remove from oven to air dry.  These can be kept in the freezer for convenient anytime use.

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