I don’t think that I’ve mentioned this before, but I am full on addicted to Coke Zero. Now, I mean, I know that I am addicted to caffeine (as are many people in the world). But there’s something about Coke Zero in particular. I find myself actually craving it.
Yes, I know that diet pop/soda is just terrible for you. I know this. But I can’t help myself. As a public health professional, this is a little embarrassing.
Anyway, I’ve been toying with the idea of trying to wean myself off of it for some time. Caffeine is a necessity in my life, so that had to be taken into consideration. I love black tea, so I decided to brew up a big batch of iced tea (sweetened with a bit of real sugar) and keep it on hand in the fridge.
It’s going to take a while, but I think that this could be a very acceptable, long-term substitute for diet pop.
I found this recipe on the blog Hillbilly Housewife.
- 8 cups water, divided
- 6-8 tea bags (whatever kind you like)
- desired amount of sweetener, optional
In a 2-quart sized sauce pan, bring 4 cups of the water to a boil. Pour the remaining 4 cups of (preferably cold) water in a large pitcher that can withstand heat.
Once the water in the pan boils, add all of the tea bags. Remove from the heat, and steep for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes has passed, discard the tea bags.
Pour the hot tea over the cold water in the pitcher. You can add some manner of sweetener at this stage if you want: honey, sugar, simple syrup, etc.
Put the pitcher in the fridge to finish chilling, or pour into an ice-filled glass immediately.