There is nothing more southern than a good glass of sweet tea. This is simple iconic drink goes great with pretty much any meal and is the perfect cool drink to enjoy while sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch. If you’re going to get into southern cuisine, you’ll need a great sweet tea recipe under your belt.
Sweet tea is one of those things that seem simple but without the right technique can turn out bitter and blah. My mom makes the best sweet tea in all the land and her trick is to not let the tea boil. If you let it boil, it’ll be bitter.
- 3 Family Size Iced Tea Bags
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 7 Cups Water
- Put the 3 tea bags in a small pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- As soon as the water boils, turn off the heat and let the tea steep for about 5 minutes.
- Remove the bags from the hot tea and pour into a pitcher with the sugar. Stir to combine.
- Once all of the sugar has dissolved, add the remaining water and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Don’t let your tea boil or it will get bitter. The key is taking it off the heat just before the water and tea boil.
If you’re making tea for a crowd, double the tea, double the sugar and use a gallon container of water from the grocery store. Once you’ve mixed everything up, put the tea back into the gallon jug and you have a container to transport your tea in!
My mom uses her own blend of teas when she makes sweet tea. She uses 1 Tetley and 2 Luzianne tea bags.