I don’t know why you can’t find sweet tea in every state, but if you haven’t had real Southern Style Sweet Tea, you have to try it! In California if you ask for a sweet tea you will get an iced tea and a few packs of Splenda. NOT the same. So, for all of you who don’t have the privilege of sweet tea in your home state, here is a recipe you can make at home!
People make sweet tea different ways, but here is how we do it in our home:
(makes about 1 gal and a half)
- large 2 gal. pot
- 3 cups sugar
- Tea Bags: Lipton Iced Tea Brew is good; any kind of Black Tea in bags will work. (What we are using right now is Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea).
Fill pot not quite full with water and bring to boil. Add 6-8 tea bags (we use 6), turn burner off and let the tea seep. I leave it about 10 min. Remove the tea bags, and while the tea is still hot add 2 1/2-3 cups of sugar. Stir till dissolved. Let sit until cool; then pour into pitchers and refrigerate until cold.
We usually get a gallon and a half out of one big pot.