Southern Sweet Tea

southern sweet tea recipe
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INGREDIENTS – Yields 1 gallon

  • 3 family-sized black tea bags (or 12 individual tea bags), such as Lipton or Luzianne
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint leaves or lemon slices (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Boil the water. Bring 4 cups of the water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat.

Steep the tea for 5 minutes. Dunk the tea bags a few times in the water to fully hydrate, then leave submerged with the strings hanging over the side of the pot. After 5 minutes, remove the bags and discard.

Add the sugar to the tea. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.

Pour the tea base into the pitcher. If using multiple pitchers, divide the tea evenly between them.

Top off the pitchers with water. Add 3 more quarts of water to the tea base to make a gallon of sweet tea and stir to combine.

Refrigerate until very cold. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or, ideally, overnight.

Serve over ice. Pour the sweet tea into ice-filled glasses. Add a sprig of mint or a slice of lemon to each, if desired!