Sweet apple iced tea

  • For the apple tea
  • 1.4L water
  • 6 sweet apple tea bags
  • 300ml vanilla simple syrup, recipe follows
  • 1 small apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Ice
  • For the vanilla simple syrup
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 250ml water
  • 1 vanilla pod, cut in 1/2 lengthwise and seeds removed
For the apple tea:
1) In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the tea bags. Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

2) Remove the tea bags and discard. Add the vanilla simple syrup and stir. Pour the mixture into a glass pitcher. Add the apple and lemon slices and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3) Pour the tea into ice-filled glasses and serve.

For the vanilla simple syrup:
1) In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water, vanilla bean, and vanilla bean seeds. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.

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