It seems like the fast food places are bringing back sweet tea…at least they are up North. Still it doesn’t hold up to some of the tea I tasted growing up in Missouri. Plus I remember a lady at a food pantry in North Carolina that served up the best tea in the world on a mission trip. She swore it was somebody’s mama’s recipe. It must have had a pound of sugar in it. On a hot day it hit the spot.
**Also add some lemonade at a 50/50 mix for the thirst quenching drink I have also heard called both a “cooler” and a ‘Arnold Palmer.”
Take your pick…sugar.
Recipe #1 Southern Sweet Iced Tea
3 Family size tea bags
2 Cups of cold water
1 Cup of sugar
We in the south make the best iced tea you’ll find. Maybe it’s how it’s done, or maybe it is the water in the south, or maybe it’s just that a southern belle has put a lot of TLC into making the tea. Who knows!
We recommend Luzianne Tea Bags if available.
Place the two cups water in a pot and add the tea bags. Bring to a boil, do not continue boiling. Remove from heat and let steep. Pour warm tea into empty pitcher. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Fill remaining pitcher with cold water.
Optional – some women say they use less water and add ice to the tea.
Recipe #2 Southern Sweet Iced Tea
3 Family sized tea bags
a pinch baking soda (about 1/4 teaspoon)
1 to 1 1/3 cups of sugar
Here is my never fail sweet tea…
Everyone (even Yankees) loves it.
Bring 3-4 cups of water to a boil. Add a pinch of baking soda to the water and add 3 family sized tea bags. Remove from heat and cover. Allow to sit for at least 10-15 minutes. Pour into gallon pitcher and add sugar. Then fill with cold water. Refrigerate.
*the soda takes out the bitterness and darkens the tea….this small amount doesn’t change the taste.
Recipe #3 Sun Tea (no cooking!)
3 Family sized tea bags
1 quart water
Glass or translucent pitcher
Here is my easy, no work needed…Sun Tea
Put the water and tea bags in the pitcher. Put in the Sun and let sit. In about 30 minutes to an hour you have tea. Add cold water to desired strength. Refrigerate.
This recipe is great for guys who can’t cook!
Note: The sun does not usually heat water up enough to kill all the bacteria, so you should take proper cleaning procedures and throw out the tea if it ends up looking weird (extra thick, has strands in it, is syrupy).