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A LARGE PITCHER OF ICED TEA

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1. Pour an entire Essential Bag (35 grams) out of its plastic bag and into the muslin bag. Tighten the string.
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2. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil.
If you are preparing a green tea based blend, you’ll want to cool the water down to about 180 degrees before adding the tea to it. Adding a little cold water to it should work just fine, or you can wait for it to cool down and use a thermometer. This will keep the green tea from tasting too bitter.
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3. Remove the water from the heat source and place the muslin bag into the hot water. Let the tea steep for the amount of time specified on the bag. Dragging the tea bag around in the water for the majority of the brew time is a good idea.
The brew times on the bag are what we use because we like how it tastes at that time, but experiment and adjust to suit your tastes!
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4. Fill a large (1-1.5 gal) pitcher or dispenser with at least a gallon of ice.
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5. Once brew time is finished, remove the bag of tea and mix sugar into the hot tea if you want it sweetened.
The amount of sweetness is a personal preference. We recommend 1.5 to 2 cups of sugar for traditional sweet tea. But you can adjust to your taste!
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6. When the sugar is fully dissolved, pour the hot tea into the pitcher or dispenser of ice and enjoy!
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A CUP OF HOT TEA (POUR OVER)

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1. Bring 12 oz or 1.5 cups of water to a boil.
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2. While the water is heating, place 1 flat teaspoon of tea in a heat safe measuring cup.
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3. Pour the water into the measuring cup with the tea and let it steep for the time specified on the bag.
If you are preparing a green tea based blend, you’ll want to cool the water down to about 180 degrees before pouring it over the tea. Adding a little cold water to it should work just fine, or you can wait for it to cool down and use a thermometer. This will keep the green tea from tasting too bitter.
Brewing times on the bag are what we use when brewing our tea because we like how they turn out, but experiment and adjust to suit your tastes!
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4. After the steeping is finished, pour through a straining device (hand strainer, tea shirt, etc..) into your mug or cup.
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5. Sweeten as desired, but as a general rule of thumb, a lightly sweetened cup of tea is about 1 teaspoon of sugar, and a more southern sweet hot tea would be about a tablespoon. Follow your taste preferences!
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Alternative: If you have are using a tea ball, put the 1 teaspoon of tea into the tea ball, fasten and place in the mug you plan on drinking out of. Pour in the boiling water and steep for the proper time, then simply remove the tea ball. We like and recommend the previously outlined method because the tea gets full immersion without restriction in the water for the full length of steeping. We have found this tends toward a fuller bodied cup of tea. However, tea balls and other contained strainers are a convenient alternative.
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A JAR OF ICED TEA (POUR OVER)

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1. Place two teaspoons (or about 5 grams) of loose leaf tea in a 2 cup measuring cup.
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2. Boil 1.75 cups of water then immediately pour into the measuring cup with the tea.
If you are preparing a green tea based blend, you’ll want to cool the water down to about 180 degrees before adding the tea to it. Adding a little cold water to it should work just fine, or you can wait for it to cool down and use a thermometer. This will keep the green tea from tasting too bitter.
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3. Let the tea steep in the water for the time specified for that particular tea.
Brewing times on the bag are what we use when brewing our tea because we like how they turn out, but experiment and adjust to suit your tastes!
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4. When time is up, pour the tea through some type of straining device (hand strainer, tea-shirt, etc…) into your empty quart jar. Be careful! Your jar will be extremely hot!
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5. If you would like your tea sweetened, add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar to your jar of hot tea and stir or swirl until thoroughly dissolved.
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6. Fill the rest of your jar with ice, screw on your lid and pop in a straw!
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7. Imagine yourself strolling through a market on a beautiful spring day.
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