Five Homemade Iced Tea Recipes

June 20th, 2017

Stock up on tea and a few simple ingredients this summer so you can be prepared to make one (or all five) of these iced tea recipes for an impromptu barbecue, Fourth of July party, birthday celebration or other seasonal event.

Tea Time Clock TinLemon Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tea bags (we recommend Orange Pekoe Tea)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Measure sugar and place in a large mixing bowl with 1 cup of lemon juice to dissolve.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, remove from heat and place tea bags in the pan to steep for a maximum of 5 minutes (do not squeeze the tea bags!).
  3. Remove tea bags and discard. Pour hot tea into sugar/lemon mixture and stir to mix well.
  4. Transfer into gallon container and fill to the top with cold water, refrigerate.
  5. Add lemon or mint for a garnish, serve over ice.

Peach Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 cups water
  • 2-3 peaches, sliced
  • 3 tea bags (of your choice)

Directions:

  1. Bring sugar, 1 cup water and peach slices to boil. Reduce heat to medium, crushing peaches while stirring.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat and remove from stove. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Boil remaining water and add tea bags, steep for 5 minutes. Remove and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Strain peach syrup (steps 1&2) to remove larger fruit pieces. Add to tea and serve over ice.

Mint Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon loose tea leaves
    (we recommend a Chinese Green Tea)
  • 1½ ounces fresh mint sprigs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine boiling water and tea in a medium bowl. Cover and steep for about 3 minutes.
  2. Strain into another bowl and discard tea leaves. Add mint and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Cool completely, then serve over ice.

Pomegranate Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 8 tea bags (of your choice)
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 3 limes, thinly sliced (if desired)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine boiling water and tea in a medium bowl. Cover and steep for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and let the tea cool to at least room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Add pomegranate juice, limes and sugar and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Serve over ice.

Glass Beverage DecanterLemonade Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups water (to boil)
  • 8 tea bags (of your choice)
  • 1 ounce fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

Directions:

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

  2. Remove tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved.

  3. Add the 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate to the tea and stir until combined. Serve over ice. Garnish with citrus slices if desired.

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Five Inspiring Summer Porches

June 15th, 2017

Sitting on the front or back porch in the summertime can be one of the most relaxing ways to pass the time. Whether you do it with your morning coffee, a good book or with a friend, your porch space should be comfortable and make you happy. Here are five porches to inspire yours this summer.

Flowers and a Rustic Bench

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A Seat at the [Picnic] Table Inside, an Adirondack Chair Outside

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Suspend, Swing, Sit Around

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Farmhouse Rockers in the Fresh Air

Photo by Futral ConstructionLook for farmhouse porch design inspiration

Colorful and Bright (and Wicker)

Photo by Historical ConceptsDiscover farmhouse porch design inspiration

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Weekly Spotlight: Shop Our Summer Cover (2)

June 14th, 2017

We can’t believe it, but we are already halfway through summer here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, although there are plenty of warm, sunny days ahead of us. Today we are spotlighting five home accents on our current front cover, all of which you can get for less than $60.

Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Summer 2017 CatalogDotted Sheer Curtains

This curtain collection has a timeless charm that you can see in almost every one of our catalogs. Its simple sheer design complements any room, while the Swiss pin-dot pattern creates an air of unique elegance. Available in Tiers, Panels and a Valance.

Potted Geraniums Pillow

An Americana design by artist Susan Winget decorates this accent pillow, great for the gardener or for decorating in patriotic style. Soft polyester fabric allows for easy-care and comfort on a chair, sofa, bed or bench.

Iron Birdbath

Welcome birds to your garden or a large potted plant in the yard with this beautiful bird bath. Crafted from cast iron, this outdoor home accent will withstand the elements and add a decorative touch to your exterior spaces.

Welcome to the Porch Doormat
& Rubber Mat Tray

These last two home furnishings are ideal for the porch or a covered deck. Our Welcome to the Porch Doormat adds depth and rich color to your front stoop, as well as farmhouse style and function.

The Rubber Mat Tray underneath preserves the doormat’s shape and prolongs its life, and features a scrolled border to enhance the decorative appeal of whatever doormat you choose to display. Did we mention that both this Doormat and the Tray are made in the USA?

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