Southern Sweet Tea
Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time for some refreshing Southern Sweet Tea.
If you are like me, you love a refreshing glass of real Southern Sweet Tea. Here is a really easy sweet tea that everyone will love and is great for any occasion – especially hot summer days.
- Sweetener – use 1 cup of sugar to two cups of water. Heat over medium/high heat in sauce pot until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat
- Tea – Using a larger sauce pot, bring 6 cups water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add 4 Family Size Luzianne tea bags to the pot and steep for 5 minutes. You can go longer but your tea will get stronger – if you like that then go a little longer. I use Luzianne tea but you can use whatever brand you like.
- Once your tea has steeped for 5 minutes, remove the tea bags and discard. No need to squeeze the bags out.
- An important step for smooth, refreshing sweet tea. Add a pinch of Baking Soda to neutralize the tannins in the tea. Very important if you want really smooth tea.
- Fill a 3-quart container with about 2 quarts of ice – this will be your dilution of the tea.
- Pour the sweetener and tea over the ice at the same time. I find that mixture is just the way I like it – the perfect balance of sweetness and good tea flavor.
- Optional – I like to add a little fresh lemon to add some additional flavor. A manual citrus juicer really comes in handy here – makes squeezing the juice out of the lemon very easy and catches the seeds at the same time. Bonus!! I use one average size lemon and that gives it great lemon flavor without overpowering the tea. Add slices to each glass if you like.
- Stir to mix and cool the tea. Tea is instantly ready to drink over a glass of ice.
There you have it folks. Real Southern Sweet Tea and easy to make.
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