2family size tea bagsor 8 regular size tea bags or 8 teaspoons of loose tea (recommend Luzianne brand)
Place one quart of water in a pan and bring to a boil. Add the tea bags.
Cover the pan, remove it from the heat and let it steep for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and add the sugar.
Stir until completely dissolved.
Add the additional quart of cold water.
TIPS AND FAQs
Always start with cold water. If the water is warm or room temperature, it can make your tea cloudy.
Use a non-reactive saucepan for boiling the water and steeping the tea so you don't cause any unwanted chemical reaction.
Never pour hot tea into a glass pitcher (ask me how I know this is a bad idea). Refrigerate the tea or at least cool it to room temperature first.
Don't skimp on steeping time. You want a really strong infusion of tea.
What type of tea is best for sweet tea? You can use any brand of tea that you prefer, but you'll find that most Southerners tend to use Luzianne black tea bags. The taste does vary from between brands, just like coffee, with each brand having a unique blend of flavors.Can I use artificial sweeteners in my tea? Of course you can. Authentic southern sweet tea is sweetened with sugar, but my goodness we can't drink that every single day, right? To be honest, I only use sugar for special occasions these days. Our everyday tea is sweetened with Splenda.How long can I store this in the refrigerator? We drink a whole pitcher every day, so storage really has never been an issue. However, you can actually keep sweet tea for about three days refrigerated. After that, it's not so fresh. It's best stored in a plastic or glass pitcher with a well fitting lid.Can I add fruit to my tea? Don't y'all drink peach tea in the south? No, honey. Peach tea isn't a southern thing. It's something made up to sell beverages like raspberry tea and strawberry tea and hibiscus tea. (Can you tell I don't like fruit teas? But you add whatever you want to in your tea. It just won't be southern sweet tea you're drinking.)I've seen recipes that say add a pinch of baking soda. Do you recommend that? Some cooks do actually add a pinch of baking soda to their tea. They say it neutralizes the sometimes bitter taste from over-steeping tea. I don't add it to mine, but feel free to try it if you like.