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Year round, Hubster loves iced tea. I prefer hot tea when it’s cold outside and iced tea when it’s warmer. I love tea, however I don’t really care too much for American brands and/or blends. Maybe only one brand has a decent English Breakfast and Earl Grey Blend. Hubster never ventures the hot tea route, so he’s never tried those blends.

Yesterday, when I was making a new gallon of iced tea, I decided to try Earl Grey. I was convinced that Hubster (reluctant to try new things) would tell me that it tasted terrible or that it had gone bad. To my surprise, he didn’t say either. Instead he drank it down, poured a second glass and told me that it was good!

I then informed him of the switch and he declared that he actually preferred it! Could it be? Is he actually developing taste buds for tea?earlgrey

I set on my back deck and enjoy the 75°F afternoon (in March?!), I sip the sweet victory of my Earl Grey iced tea…

8 Earl Grey tea bags, 1 gallon of water, 1 c. sugar, orange slices

Bring 1/2 of water to a boil and pour over tea bags in a pitcher. Steep tea until water cools. Squeeze and discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved (Add more hot water is necessary). Fill pitcher with remaining cool water and chill tea before serving. Serve over ice and garnish with an orange slice.

Usually, I enjoy lemon juice, mint or peach schnapps in my regular iced tea, but I may not be going back. What is your favorite iced tea variation?