Southern Style Sweet Tea


So, as promised here is the recipe for the perfect glass of Sweet Tea.

First you will need the following:


Sugar (of course),

 tea bags ( I prefer the brand above, but Lipton makes a very fine iced tea),

fresh lemon (don’t use the squeeze bottle stuff. Only fresh if you please).

and last but not least a tea pot. If you don’t have a whistling tea pot like the one pictured, just use a regular small saucepan with a good tight-fitting lid.


To make a half gallon (2 quarts) of tea add 1 (one) of the tea bags to the kettle (or saucepan with lid on), fill it with water, and put it on to boil. You want the water to come all the way up to a boil. Don’t be tempted to pull the kettle off until it is really whistling. If you do, your tea won’t be strong enough.


 In the meantime add 1 cup (240 grams) of sugar to a pitcher . I am being less than genrous with my sugar. Most people in the south absolutely put more than this in thier sweet tea. I don’t like it quite as sweet, so I only use 1 cup. If you want, add more. This is your sweet tea.


This is also the time to cut up your lemon if want to add it. Make sure you wash the lemon. We will be adding it to the tea later on. Cut it in half and then in quarters. Then cut each quarter in half again. Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s eighths, but it just sounded better my way. Anyway, it is easier to cut the lemon from the top as it stands on the flat end you created when you cut the ends off. If you try to cut it from the skin side you will squish all the juice out and that would defeat the purpose of having the lemon. You can tell from the picture that I truly do live in Alabama. See how my sugar has clumped up from the humidity? It won’t really matter though. The clumps will dissolve right along with the rest of the sugar.


When your kettle finally whistles, the magic happens. Some people leave it to “steep” for a few minutes, but not me, I pour the tea as soon as it boils. Just add the whole kettle and whatever amount of water it takes to make 2 quarts into the pitcher containing the sugar. Stir everything well and pour over a full glass of ice.


Now, squeeze the lemon into the tea and then drop that squeezed slice directly into the tea. If you don’t like lemon in your tea just leave this step out.


Ahhhh! Now just sit back, relax, and enjoy the perfect glass of Southern Style Sweet Tea. 

If you start to feel adventerous, you might even garnish the glass with a little sprig of mint or another slice of lemon.


Y’all Come Back Now.


July 5, 2009. cooking.

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