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  • 2 - Family Size Tea Bags* shopping list
  • 1-1/8 Cup Sugar** shopping list
  • 8 Cups water shopping list
  • Lots of ice shopping list
  • *Any brand of tea will work, my family has always used Lipton. It has a little more "tea" flavor, and less of the acidic taste that Luzianne and Tetley seem to have. I use Laura Lynn (available @ Ingle's Grocery) or Wal-Mart Brand, they taste like Lipton, and cost less. shopping list
  • **Splenda can be used as a substitue for sugar, but I recommend using 1-1/4 cups. sugar/Splenda is "to taste", some people put up to 2-1/2 cups per gallon, I prefer a mild sweetness with a tea taste not the other way around. shopping list

How to make it

  • Place 2 tea bags and 8 cups water into 3-4 Qt. saucepan.
  • Place on stove @ MEDIUM-HIGH*.
  • Pour 1-1/8 cup sugar into 1 gallon container.
  • As soon as water starts to boil remove saucepan from heat, and dispose of tea bags**.
  • Pour hot tea into 1 gallon container.
  • Stir to dissolve sugar completely.
  • Add ice until tea is apporximately 1-2 inches from top of container.
  • Stir, slowly to start ( to keep from splashing hot tea or ice cubes out of container), until most of ice is melted.
  • Place a few ice cubes in a glass.
  • Pour sweet tea over ice cubes, prop your feet up, and enjoy!
  • *Medium-High will allow the tea enough brewing time before the water starts boiling. Very important - explained in next note.
  • **Do not squeeze tea bags - this will deposit very fine grains of bitter tea at the bottom of your container, and will also give the tea a very bitter taste. I use a slotted spoon to remove mine easily and without squeezing. It's important to remove the pan as soon as it starts to boil for the same reason, the action of the tea bag bouncing up and down on the bubble pockets will cause these bitter grains to fall into your container.

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  • geranium 8 years ago
    This looks yummy! I love sweet tea!
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    " It was excellent "
    rosemaryblue ate it and said...
    "Sweet" tea on a hot day is the best! Perfect recipe, and the secret is adding the hot tea water mixture to the sugar. Grew up on Lipton and it's the favorite here. Simple and great post.
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  • pink 10 years ago
    What a nice recipe, sweet and relaxing!
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