I am not originally from the South-I am from Long Island (think what you will haha). I loved iced tea. I would make pitchers of it in the summer. These pitchers were made with tubs of powdered mix like 4c or Lipton. I had no idea the wonders of sweet tea that awaited me when I moved to Florida. There I experienced my first McDonald’s sweet tea and boy oh boy an addict was born! I use to get these almost any chance I got. In fact, when I was in the hospital after my daughter was born, I specifically requested McDonald’s sweet tea since I gave up all caffeine while pregnant. It’s been maybe close to 10 years now that I’ve been drinking sweet tea. I have since given up (almost) all fast food and alas I haven’t had a McDonald’s sweet tea in probably 4 years. I have really tried to become healthier since my daughter was born and I’ve done an ok job at doing so. But, I do still order sweet tea when we go out to eat-which we do at least one time every weekend and I also make it at home. Now that I’m “healthier” I order “half sweet/half unsweet” sweet tea and make it at home with much less sugar. I know it’s fall and everyone is gearing up for hot drinks but I have sweet tea all year long.
I always use Luzianne brand tea, I think it tastes best but of course you can use whatever you have on hand as long as it says you can use it for iced tea.
Boil 2 cups of water.
I saw on Pinterest that the secret ingredient to great sweet tea was a little baking soda in the pitcher. I’ve been doing this and I think it does help to make it taste better. I put about 1/8th teaspoon.
I sprinkle the baking soda in the bottom of the pitcher and usually put 3-4 family sized tea bags and pour the boiling water over them, cover it and let it sit for 10-20 mins depending on how strong you want it.
You can add as much sugar as you’d like depending on taste-I usually put up to 2/3 a cup of sugar.
Stir the sugar to dissolve and then add 6 cups of cold water and throw it in the fridge until fully chilled.
Fill up a tall glass with ice and enjoy! Mason jars makes it taste better =)
For my 2 quart pitcher:
3-4 Family size tea bags
2 cups boiling water
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup sugar
6 cups cold water