The Almond Iced Tea Love Affair: A Tale from Central Louisiana

Pitcher of Almond Iced Tea with a glass full of tea garnished with a sprig of mint and a pineapple wedge.

I’ve got a charming story to share, one that dates back nearly two decades, from my days living in the heart of Central Louisiana. It’s a story about my love affair with a particular flavored iced tea, an affair that continues to this day.

Central Louisiana, fondly known as Cenla, is a place of unique charm and unparalleled hospitality. But it’s not just the people or the culture that left an indelible mark on me. In fact, my sweetest memory is surprisingly… a drink. It’s a drink that I first tasted at a particular restaurant, a local gem named “The Cottage.”

Nestled in the heart of Cenla, The Cottage is not your ordinary eatery. It’s a cozy haven offering soulful culinary delights and, of course, their incredibly refreshing Almond Iced Tea. From the very first sip, I was hooked. The sweet, nutty flavors of the tea were like nothing I had tasted before. It was a symphony of flavors that left me captivated.

The magic of The Cottage’s Almond Iced Tea isn’t just in its unique flavor; it’s also in its ability to be the perfect companion for any occasion. From grand weddings to intimate family dinners, from lazy summer lunches to cozy tea times, and even at joyous baby showers – this versatile beverage fits right in. It’s not just a drink; it’s a delightful experience that you can share with your loved ones, no matter the setting or the season.

And I must tell you, after all these years, the Almond Iced Tea from The Cottage still remains unparalleled. It’s as wonderful as I remember it, and perhaps, even better.

Inspired by the beautiful memories of my time in Louisiana, and my love for this unique drink, I decided to recreate the magic at home. And guess what? I’m going to share my Almond Iced Tea recipe recipe with you today!

So, without further ado, here is my treasured recipe for Almond Iced Tea:

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A uniquely flavored ice tea that will wow your guest at any affair.  It’s perfect for a bridal or baby shower, a black tie affair, and of course just to enjoy during the summer while relaxing on a porch.

  • Author: Jeannie Jacobs
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 64 oz 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale

Almond Ice Tea:

  • 8 cups of water
  • 6 small tea bags or 12 large tea bags (black or green tea, depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 cup of simple syrup (to taste)
  • 46 Tablespoons of pure almond extract (more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice ( more or less to taste)
  • Lemon slices or mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat.
  2. Add your tea bags to the hot water. Let them steep for about 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. Helpful tip: You can purchase pre-brewed tea.
  3. In a saucepan add 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water on medium heat. Boil until the mixture thickens.  Be careful not to caramelize the syrup by over boiling.
  4. Remove the tea bags and discard them. Add the simple syrup to the hot tea and stir. Let the tea cool for about 30 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a pitcher and add the pure almond extract to the sweetened tea and stir to combine.
  6. Add the remaining 4 cups of cold water to the mixture, along with the pineapple and lemon juice to taste.
  7. Allow the tea to cool down to room temperature. Once it’s cooled, you can refrigerate it for a few hours until it’s chilled.
  8. Serve the tea over ice. If you like, you can garnish the tea.

Notes

Recipe Tips: Ensure tea cools to at least room temperature before adding juices. Adjust the amount of juices and pure almond extract to your liking. As the tea ages, it tastes even better. Simple syrup if refrigerated can last up to one month.

Ginger can be added to the tea as well.  It can be a shot of ginger found in a coffee or tea shot sold as a drink boost or you can juice the ginger with lemon and lime and add about 1-2 ounces to the almond tea.

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