However, it's also possible to sweeten your tea and other cold drinks with flavored simple syrup. For example, you could sweeten an iced black tea with chai simple syrup.
But why stop there? You could also sweeten sparkling water or milk steamers with tea-flavored simple syrup. Here's how.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Yield: About 3/4 cup
- 1 c water
- 1 tbsp tealeaves or 4 teabags
- 1 c sugar
- Bring the water to the usual steeping temperature you'd use to steep the tea you're planning to flavor your syrup with. (For example, a black tea would need boiling or nearly boiling water, but a green tea would only need simmering water.)
- Steep for the usual amount of time. (For example, four to five minutes for an Earl Grey simple syrup, or two to three minutes for a green tea simple syrup.)
- Strain out the tealeaves and bring the tea to a rolling boil over high heat.
- Stir in the sugar until it is dissolved completely.
- Reduce heat and stir until the mixture has reduced to half its original volume (about ten minutes).
- Remove from heat and allow to cool somewhat.
- Pour into a very clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Keep refrigerated. Has a shelf life of about six months. To extend the shelf life, mix in about one ounce of vodka as the syrup cools.
Add a teaspoon or two of tea simple syrup per serving, or sweeten to taste. Stir. I particularly recommend this for sparkling water, sparkling punches and exotic lemonades.
For hot drinks: Add one teaspoon of tea simple syrup per serving, or sweeten to taste. I particularly recommend this for dirty chai-type coffee-tea drinks and for apple cider.
For milk steamers / tea lattes:
Bring slightly more than one cup of cold milk to a simmer, or froth it with an espresso machine steam wand. Add about one tablespoon tea simple syrup. Stir and serve hot. This makes a great hot tea latte.
For fresh fruit:
Slice fresh fruit (such as peaches, strawberries and apples). Drizzle with tea syrup to taste.
For cakes and other confections:
Drizzle over pancakes, cakes or other sweet foods for added flavor. Green tea goes well with fruit and vanilla flavors. Black tea goes well with caramel, chocolate, darker / cooked fruits, vanilla and creamy sweets. For more ideas, see this guide to cooking with tea and this guide to tea flavor profiles.