Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sweet Tea for Dummies

Hello, I'm Melissa, I was born in the Deep South, but I can't make a decent
pitcher of brewed sweet tea.

My mom makes the best sweet tea but when I asked her for the recipe, she said
"Boil your tea bags, let it steep for a few minutes, and add sugar and stir."
Thanks Mom but when I make tea like this it is either A. weak as colored water
or B. thick and strong like motor oil. GROSS. So to make drinkable tea, I have
used instant tea from Aldi, which isn't half bad but it certainly doesn't have
the flavor of brewed.

Luckily for my tea drinking family, I got the new Southern Living magazine earlier in the week and in it was a feature on tea with 28 different recipes including the basic Southern Sweet Tea. Is it sad that I needed actual measurements and cooking times to make
sweet tea?! I made a pitcher immediately and it was pretty good. The recipe is
now in my recipe box. When I get more confident in my tea making abilities,
I'll try my mom's vague recipe.

3 cups water
2 family-size tea bags
3/4 cup sugar
7 cups cold water

1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute;
remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
2. Discard tea bags. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Pour into a 1-gal.
container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

NOTE: this makes more like a half-gallon of tea instead of a gallon. Tea photo is from the SL website, photographer is Beth Dreiling Hontzas.

Until next time,

1 comment:

elilillie said...

If you put your sugar in your boiling water it dissolves faster and you don't get the syrupy tea left in the bottom of the pitcher. It is dissolved thoroughly. If you want Southlands sweet tea, double the amount of sugar.