Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sweet Tea

One of the essentials for any Southern kitchen is a good sweet tea recipe. Now, I don't drink sweet tea very often, it tends to be something I drink for a party or a special occasion, but my father drinks it almost everyday so I've become very proficient at making it. Another great thing about this recipe is that it's not difficult at all! Three ingredients that's it.

3 cup of boiling water
1 family size tea bag (I prefer decaf Luzainne)
1/3 cup of sugar (don't use Splenda, it's just not the same)

Steep the tea bag in the boiling water for three to five minutes. Stir in the sugar until dissolved. Serve over a full class of ice with lemons.

There are a couple of specifics about sweet tea though, especially this recipe. Make sure it's a Family Size tea bag, if it's not, you need to use two bags. Depending on how strong you want it you can steep it longer. One last thing, don't use fake sweeteners or any substitute for the sugar. Sugar is what makes this recipe, so if you're watching you weight, just do like I do, have sweet tea at special occasions, and then unsweet tea every other time; it works wonders. :)


Dana said...

I think you're right - real sugar is the secret.

Not a thirst quencher, but sooo Southern.

I take my sweetness in a G 'n T (gin and tonic )


D. Giles Simmer said...

That's the problems with sweet tea up here. They say, "Just put the sweetener in it when they serve it." NO! It has to be fixed with the sugar! So annoying...