Not sure what to do with those leftover Christmas candy canes? Turn them into a candy cane simple syrup and add to your favorite iced tea.
I don't know about you, but every year the kids make me buy a box of peppermint candy canes for our Christmas tree. However, they NEVER eat them and I always wind up throwing them away. So this year, I decided I was going to try to make something with them.
Since candy canes are simply sugar and peppermint, I decided to make this Candy Cane Iced Tea instead of making another dessert (I think we've all had our fill of that for a while!).
How do you make Candy Cane Iced Tea?
Break up the candy canes into pieces and put them in a small saucepan with water and granulated sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil; then reduce the heat and allow to simmer until the candy canes dissolve. You're basically making a peppermint simple syrup.
Next, make your iced tea using your favorite tea bags, add the candy cane simple syrup and refrigerate until it's ice cold and refreshing.
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Candy Cane Iced Tea
Candy Cane Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 peppermint candy canes
- 10 cups boiling water
- 4 tea bags
- prepared candy cane simple syrup
For the Candy Cane Simple Syrup
- Add ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer. Continue to stir until the sugar and candy canes have dissolved.
For the Ice Tea
- Add the water and tea bags to a 3 quart pitcher. Let steep. Then add the simple syrup and mix well. Keep refrigerated and serve over ice.