The only kind of tea that I drink is Sweet Tea. Growing up in the South, Sweet Tea is what we drink. Sitting on the front porch, sipping a tall cold glass of sweet tea is just what we do around here to relax after a long day. With every meal and served at every restaurant, sweet tea is more than just a southern staple. Sweet Tea is a way of life. Always served ice cold, sweet tea is like a good cup of coffee. In every true southern belle’s fridge sits a pitcher of Sweet Tea ready to be served. Since sweet tea is one of my favorite daily indulgences, I thought I would share how I make the perfect glass of sweet tea.
Some may think that Sweet Tea has some sort of “secret ingredient”. But this simply isn’t true. There is only one rule to really good sweet tea and that is the sweeter the better. The brand of tea bags doesn’t matter that much, although some may swear by Luzianne, so long as it is black tea. Most boxes of tea bags are black tea. I typically will just pick a store brand to save a few pennies. But please note that instant tea is no good here. I prefer to use single tea bags versus family size, but really any size will do.
Southern Sweet Tea Recipe
- 1 gallon hot water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 10 single black tea bags
In a gallon pitcher, add two cups of granulated sugar. Fill the jug with hot water (I just use hot tap water because it’s quick and convenient). Place 10 single tea bags in the jug and allow to steep for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Remove tea bags and squeeze out excess tea from the bag before discarding. With a slotted spoon, stir the tea until the sugar on the bottom is completely dissolved. Refrigerate overnight because sweet tea always tastes its best on the second day. Serve in a mason jar filled with ice. Sweet Tea is at it’s best for about 2-3 days after making. If you notice that the tea has become cloudy, it is no longer good and it’s time to make a fresh batch.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if you plan to serve this sweet tea recipe cold from the fridge WITHOUT ice, then reduce the sugar to 1 1/2 cups. As the tea sits in the fridge it becomes sweeter. The recipe as it is written is to be served in a glass filled with ice.
I picked up this gallon glass dispenser by Alladin at my local Walmart, I thought it was absolutely perfect for holding my tea in the fridge and oh so easy to refill my glass when I’m running low. I have a pretty good collection of Alladin mason jar tumblers, my husband might say that I’m slightly obsessed with them. I love Alladin’s products because in the south we love to sip our sweet tea from a regular mason jar, but those glass jars can be a bit heavy to carry around the house and are best saved to serve with supper. So on the go, I love the convenience and the lightweight feel of the travel mason jar tumblers by Alladin, that way I’m never too far from my favorite beverage. Sweet Tea and Mason Jars are a perfect Southern pair.