Every gal in the south has her own way of making sweet tea. We’re pretty proud about it too actually. Around my house we like our tea strong and sweet. So if you ever have trouble getting your tea just right each and every time, give this a try.
3 family size tea bags (I prefer Luzianne, but use what you got)
Cook’s Note: You can substitute Splenda for the sugar, if you prefer. Also, we like our tea pretty sweet so you can certainly cut down on the sugar if you find it too sweet.*Baking soda takes any of the bitterness out of your tea. It is great for other uses as well. If you are soaking beans overnight and are putting them in a pot to make the next day, add a small dash of baking soda to your pot before cooking. It keeps beans tasting their best.
Southern Sweet Tea
- 3 family size tea bags
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 gallon of water
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
Boil only ½ gallon of the water on stove.
Once water comes to a roiling boil, pour into one gallon pitcher.
Add 3 tea bags and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda (you don’t need to stir).
Set your kitchen timer (I use my microwave) for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, take out tea bags.
Do not squish tea bags before taking them out, just let them drip for a minute.
If you do that, you’re likely to get some tea leaves in your drink.
Add sugar and stir.
Add the other ½ gallon of cold water to the pitcher and stir again.
Cool in fridge for several hours.