strawberry sweet tea

makes 2 quarts

This is called sweet tea for a reason, so please don't go serving it to any diabetic friends (or just cut back the sugar for a regular homemade iced tea).

8 cups boiling water

8 single-serve tea bags

1 cup strawberries, stems removed

3/4 cup (6 ounces) sugar

Place tea bags in a heat-proof glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water and let steep for 3 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags. Pour sugar into the hot tea and stir with a wooden spoon until completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile puree the strawberries in a mini-chopper or food processor, making sure they are smooth and liquidy. Pour through a sieve or strainer and discard the seeds—you'll have about 1/4 cup of strawberry puree at this point.

Transfer the puree to a microwave-safe bowl or cup and cook on HIGH for 45 seconds. Add strawberry puree to the brewed tea and stir well. If you like, pour through a sieve or strainer once more to remove any remaining pulp. Let cool and serve over ice.