Monday, May 19, 2014

Sweet Tea

It's no secret that I love tea. Hot, cold, flavored, you name it. But it always has to be sweet, in my opinion.
I've never thought of myself as much of a tea snob, but maybe I am.

Powdered tea mixes just don't cut it.
Pre-made bottled tea is never tasty to me.
Even McDonald's "sweet tea" tastes like it's from concentrate. (I don't know if it is, but it never tastes fresh brewed.) Icky.

Luckily it's super easy to make at home! Seriously. If you've never made sweet tea, now's the time to start!

Grab a tea bag, or two, or three, or more... (a good brand really does taste better than a cheap brand. Luzianne or Lipton are good.)
I usually use one "family size" and 2 smaller ones.
Put it in a jar with hot water, and pop it in the microwave for a minute or so.

Let it sit about 5 minutes or until it's nice and dark. (if it sits longer, that's fine too.)
Pour that dark rich tea into a gallon pitcher. (use a towel or hot pad to hold the hot jar.) And add sugar.
Traditionally you use 1 cup of sugar for 1 gallon of tea. I cut back to 2/3 cup and we're all still happy with the sweetness but you can adjust to your taste.
Stir the sugar into that HOT concentrated tea liquid until it's dissolved. It only takes a couple seconds, but the key is to sweeten your tea while it's hot.

Then add cold water and ice cubes to make a full gallon.
This will begin the cooling process, but you'll still want to serve it over ice.

From here you can take it any direction you'd like! Add lemon, the classic.
Add fresh strawberries. Fresh pineapple chunks. Peach nectar. Or just drink it straight up.
Whatever you'd like!

Now I need to go brew some... sweet mama, this looks good today!


Jennifer Cook said...

I will try your method! I usually put three big tea bags in a Lucite/glass pitcher in the sun on our back patio. It works pretty well. I do mine without suger, but I do love sweet tea too! I make it every week. :)

Brittany SSP said...

I think it really depends on where you are in the US. Being from NC, I like my tea REALLY sweet. Lived in Colorado for a while and personally I don't think it tastes "right" east of TN, so I always made it at home.

kiki said...

Always the drink of choice at our house. I always heat my water on the stove though. Sun tea is my VERY favorite, but I never seem to remember to make it.

Unknown said...

I LOVE TEA...I mean...I ALWAYS have a cup of tea...cold or ALL times!! It was the one thing that was truly hard for me to give up when I was pregnant:) I drink it hot,,,with milk & sugar (English style) and sugar (California style. I will go out of my way to particular restaurants that have good tea. Most of the is awful! Have you tried Numi brand?? IT is my favorite...and they are supposed to have the best of is DELISH!!

Enjoy your is almost Summertine Tea weather!!!!