Sweet summer time means sipping sweet iced tea from a mason jar. Making sugar free sweet tea is so simple and today I will share my recipe for making sweet tea that uses Xylitol and Stevia.
How to Make Sugar Free Sweet Tea
My preferred method for making tea is to make sun tea. It is as simple as adding water and tea bags to a jar, putting the lid on and setting it outside in the sun for several hours. You can also do the traditional method of making tea, by making it on the stove, which I share below.
How Much Stevia for a Gallon of Tea
When I make tea, our family prefers a mixture of xylitol and stevia. It has the closest taste to sugar that we like but if you choose to omit the xylitol, then you can use powdered stevia. I have tried different brands of Stevia and often find that they vary in taste. So, I would suggest starting with 1 tsp of Stevia per gallon of tea and adding more if you find it is not sweet enough.
How to Make Sweet Tea with Xylitol and Stevia
12 individual size green or black tea bags (if using the family size tea bags use 4 bags)
1/2 cup of Xylitol – (we only use birchbark Xylitol, otherwise it is probably from GMO corn)
1 tsp of Stevia
Mint leaves, washed and dried (optional)
Sun Tea Sugar Free Directions
1. Place the teabags in the jar and fill with water.
2. Place lid on the jar and set in the sun for several hours.
3. Bring jar inside, add the sweetener and stir well.
4. If using mint, add the mint leaves. and
5. Refrigerate for several hours which allows the mint to blend with the tea and the sugars to dissolve.
5. Pour tea over ice and enjoy.
Stove Top Sugar Free Tea Directions
1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a pot on the stove and then remove the pot.
2. Add 4 family size teabags to the pot and dunk them in the water to submerge them. Leave the strings hanging over the side of the pan. After 10 minutes, remove the teabags.
3. Add the xylitol and stevia to the pot of tea and stir until dissolved.
4. Pour the tea into a gallon size pitcher, and top off with water.
5. Refrigerate until very cold or pour over ice and enjoy!
This sweet tea is so good. I have served it to our friends who are not sugar free and they have loved it. It also passes the approval of everyone in our family which is also a big deal because many of them are picky about the taste of their drinks.