It’s only fair that I share my recipe for Perfect Southern Sweet Tea since my blog name is Sweet Tea & Saving Grace, right? Anybody who knows me knows that I love sweet tea. I think my mom even put it in my baby bottle. It’s just what you do here in the South, y’all. Sweet tea is a staple at all meals, including breakfast, and is the lifeblood of the South. It’s what gives us our fabulous accents! (That’s not a scientific fact but I bet it’s the truth, so we’ll go with it.)
For those of you who live in the South, you might have another variation of this method, and may add more or less sugar, but it’s all about the same. If you’ve never had real sweet tea, well, first of all, bless your heart! You are missing out! Also, you might want to start with less sugar and adjust it to your taste. In my house, the sweeter the better! My grandmama’s sweet tea was so full of sugar it poured slow like syrup. (Not really, but it sure tasted like it!)
Without further ado, here is my recipe and tried-and-true method for making Perfect Southern Sweet Tea….best served over ice in mason jars.
What you need:
–> 2 family-size Lipton tea bags
–> 2 cups sugar (more or less for taste)
–> 1 gallon pitcher
–> small saucepan
–> wooden spoon
While it steeps, add two cups of sugar to a gallon sized pitcher.
Stir until sugar dissolves completely. Then, add a little water to the saucepan and squeeze the tea bags into the pitcher again. (I do this 2 or 3 times to get all of the tea out of the tea bags.)
Fill pitcher with cold water and refrigerate until serving.
In case you’re wondering, yes, we really do drink out of those gorgeous and large mason jars every single day. We like the big ones like this: Ball Jar Mouth Quart Jars. Also, we keep this Savannah Glassware Co. dispenser in our fridge for easy pouring.
Sweet tea, much like Southern accents, go with anything, so pour a tall glass, grab a seat on the front porch swing, and enjoy the sweet nectar of life!
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