When I was in high school, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel with my mother to Hawaii on two different occasions. While there are so many memories from those adventures, I very vividly remember the sweet tea. The first time the large glass came out with a large spear of pineapple inside, I was hooked! You may think this is an odd item to commit to memory, but for a Southern girl, it was the first time I had ever seen ordinary tea sweetened with anything other than sugar. Now that I am older, I actually do not even like sweet tea....I know, I know, that is punishable by death in the South. However, I do love teas flavored with fruit. Tonight, as I was slicing a fresh pineapple, I decided there was no reason to waste the core and Hawaii came to mind. This tea is light, slightly sweet, and a perfect way to recycle a typically wasted pineapple core.
Core of 1 Large Fresh Pineapple, sliced into spears
6 Family Size Tea Bags (I use black tea.)
16-20 Cups Water
1. Heat 4 cups water for 2 minutes on high in a large, microwave safe container.
2. Add 6 tea bags to the hot water and allow to steep on the counter for 10 minutes.
3. Place the core spears into a large pitcher or decanter. Pour the steeped tea into the pitcher while holding the bags behind.
4. Add 4 cups cold water to the tea bags and squeeze to remove any additional steeped tea. Pour into pitcher.
5. Fill the pitcher with the remaining cold water until full. Stir.
6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Note: If you want a truly sweet tea, replace 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup pineapple juice.
7. Serve over ice with a wedge of pineapple for garnish.