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How do you make TRUE southern Sweet Tea?

Just looking for a true sweet tea recipe

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Asked by jessicasea at 11:55 AM on Jun. 30, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • Southern style sweet tea is one of the simplest and most refreshing beverages to prepare. First bring approximately 3 cups of water to a boil. There is no need t measure exactly. After the water has come to a boil, add 6 regular size tea bags (3 if you are useing the family size tea bags.) I personally prefer Lipton brand but any will do really. Let the tea steep for thirty minutes or so. Remove the spent tea bags, pour the liquid into a one gallon jug, then add sugar to taste (I recommend one cup) mix sugar to dissolve then add cold water to fill jug. Chill and enjoy!

    Answer by countrygirl161s at 12:39 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

  • 1 you be from the south or go to foodnetwork .com

    Answer by madcat500 at 1:03 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

  • Fill the tea kettle about 3/4 of the way full. When the water begans to boil and the kettle begans to scream, remove the kettle from the burner and put 2-3 black leaf tea bags in the water and let it steap for 5 minutes. Pour 1 cup (more if you like) of sugar into a 1 gallon piture. Pour hot tea over the sugar, mix with spoon to be sure that the sugar is dissolved. Then add cold water to the piture until the piture is full. Serve over ice and place a bowl of sliced lemons next to the piture.

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 1:13 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

  • We also like sun tea here in the south. Let me know if you want to know how to make it!

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 1:14 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

  • so - here's MY 2 cents :)

    i make mine like this:
    one 2 quart pot of boiling water TEN regular sized tea bags - after water boils add tea bags and turn off heat - allow to steep for 7-10 mins. meanwhile, add 1 1/2 cups sugar to a gallon pitcher. add small amount of hot water to sugar. on top of this add 1/2 a pitcher's worth of ice cubes. after tea is finished steeping pour over ice and sugar. refrigerate.

    a lot of places in south carolina and florida made it with a premade simple syrup added to the brewed tea.

    it just depends on whether or not you want to have a simple syrup on hand - i think adding the hot water to the sugar while brewing the tea works just as ewll, and we like our tea a bit stronger so thats why we steep more bags for a bit less time.


    Answer by dmb13nd at 1:49 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

  • 7 tea bags and use spenda. Starbucks has large Black Tea tea bags. The bomb

    Answer by nineteen at 5:28 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

  • get some luzianne tea. four family sized bags in a saucepan of simmering water. do not boil the water. steep it for about 30 minutes. 2 cups of sugar. then add the rest of the water right out of the tap.

    Answer by princezzmommie at 11:38 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

  • i use a small bowl and fill it with water, add 5 teabags and nuke it for 5 minutes then let it steep for another 5 minutes. then i squeeze the extra water out of the tea bag, add 1 cup of sugar or splenda (depends on who i'm making it for) and let it disolve. then add it to a 2 quart container and add water to the 2 quart line. yum!

    Answer by 3lilgems at 12:58 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • I make mine in a 3 quart pitcher. Fill the tea kettle up about 3/4 of the way and bring to a boil. Allow 7 tea bags to steep (I use Lipton) for a good while (in non-southern terms, that's at least 30 minutes or longer). I am trying to be semi-healthy and stay away from unnatural sweeteners, so I use organic sugar, 3/4 of a cup. Put the sugar in the bottom of the pitcher, after the tea bags have steeped, put the hot tea over the sugar to allow it to dissolve, then fill up to the 3 quart line with cold water and stick it in the fridge.

    To this, you can add peaches, lime, mint, lemon, etc. Yum!!!

    Answer by Violin_Mom at 9:24 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

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