Sweet tea is something my parents didn’t make when I was growing up even though we lived in the south. My dad’s parents were northern transplants, and they all drank unsweet tea. The first time I had sweet tea I was at our neighbors house when I was about 12 years old, and it was like drinking a little bit of heaven. I have loved it ever since. When I moved to Oklahoma for college, sweet tea was no where to be found except at Chick-fil-A. Luckily, I worked a couple jobs at the mall where it was located and could get it on my breaks.
When John and I moved from northern Florida to DC, I was afraid I wouldn’t get good southern sweet tea. John being the amazing husband that he is, learned how to make it for me. He kept experimenting until he came up with the perfect blend of sweetness and strong tea flavor.
Start by boiling 2 quarts of water in a pot. Add 5 family-sized tea bags and remove from heat. We use decaffeinated because I won’t sleep at night if I have caffeinated sweet tea after 4pm. Let steep for 5 minutes according to the directions on the box. Stir in 2 cups (yes, two!) of sugar while it’s hot. This isn’t something you drink every day, people. It’s for special occasions with friends and family. Don’t sweat it!
Pour into a large pitcher and add 2 more quarts of ice or ice water. I had big chunks of ice and filled in the space with the iced water.
By adding ice, you keep from watering the strength of the tea down because you won’t have to add ice later.
Pour into glasses (or mason jars) and enjoy!
I made these little tags for Camden’s Country Fair themed birthday party last year. They make it easy for everyone to keep track of their drinks.
It’s a great way to relax on a hot summer day. Go ahead and enjoy!