Sweet Iced Tea

I am from the south, y’all. I love being from the south. Have always lived here. A southern tradition…no…no, a must, is iced tea. Sweet iced tea. I have been up north and have been denied my sweet iced tea. Do you have any idea how badly that upset me? Unless you were born and raised on sweet iced tea, I don’t think so! To all who have never had or don’t know how to make sweet tea, I am here to help you out.

I use my coffee maker to make my tea. I will also tell you how to do it on the stove. I prefer Luzianne Iced Tea. I use the individual tea bags, 10 of them. Place them in the coffee filter basket, thingy. Not sure what it is called.

I fill the coffee pot up to 10 cups. 10 bags…10 cups=easy to remember. Start the coffee maker and let brew.

Ok, if you are doing this on the stove, fill a medium size sauce pan with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn stove off, add the 10 tea bags and let steep (sit there) for 5 or so minutes. Not too long or it gets too strong. Or if yo like it strong, let it steep longer.

While the tea is brewing or steeping (sitting there) pour 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar into gallon size pitcher. MM’s grandmother puts in 2 cups, but after a day it tastes more like syrup. Too sweet for me. But hey, whatever.

When tea is finished brewing pour over sugar and stir. The hot tea helps dissolve the sugar better.

Pour in enough water to make a gallon and stir to mix well. Sometimes I will fill the pitcher up with ice after I put the sugar in and pour the hot tea over the ice to melt it. Sugar doesn’t dissolve quite as well, though. But it is cold and ready to drink!

I just like this picture.

Pour over ice and enjoy. Refrigerate tea.

Some people like to add lemon to their tea. My mom used to add fresh mint leaves to hers. Nothing better on a hot southern afternoon. Y’all from the north really should try it.

“I tell you the truth,anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.” Mark 9: 41

I don’t think Jesus would mind a glass of sweet iced tea.

One Response to Sweet Iced Tea

  1. Sharon says:

    I was born and raised on sweet tea-too much sugar! I now drink it unsweetened or with a tsp. of honey in my glass of tea. The flavor of tea is good all by itself! =) Katharine literally gets sick with too much sugar-and for her, even a little sugar can be too much.

Hearing from you makes my day!