DH used to truck. Mainly down south, into Texas, Louisiana, that area. So he's had real sweet tea. I have too and love it. I have tried way after way after way to replicate it. I even used the true sweet tea recipe that a lot of southerners use (received from a southern-bred & raised gal). The one DH says tastes the best is so dumb and easy, but I have to do it exactly the same every time! I take a gallon pitcher, put some hot water in it, and add just a hair over a cup of sugar, and stir til it's dissolved. I add an eye-balled 2/3 cup of Nestea (yep, the instant granules that come in a jar - and it has to be Nestea, not any other brand, unsweetened, not decaf, dark green lid!) and mix. Dump in a bunch of ice and mix til the tea's dissolved. Add in some cold water til the pitcher's half full, and keep mixing. Fill the pitcher, mix again, and drink (or refrigerate). DH & I drink a gallon or more a day in summer!
at 8:32 PM on Jan. 5, 2010