Saturday, April 18, 2009

Southern Sweet Tea

One of my favorite delicacies of southern cuisine is a tall glass of ice cold sweet tea. People in other parts of the country might not completely understand our love affair with this curious beverage, but I'll bet that if I poured you a glass after a hot day in the sun and set you in a rocking chair on my front porch, you'd start to understand.

Southern Sweet Tea

6 cups boiling water
3 family-sized lipton tea bags or 6 regular tea bags
1 cup sugar

Steep the tea bags in in the boiling water for about 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour into a half-gallon sied pitcher. Stir in the sugar until completely dissolved. Add ice until the pitcher is full. The ice will melt as it cools the tea. Serve cold with fresh ice.


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness this looks good! This Southern girl knows exactly how great it is. Yum!!

Deals, Steals & Heels said...

not sure i've ever measured my sugar....does one cup make it super sweet??

that's how i LOOOOVE it...the boy does not.

MrsSouthernBelle said...

I think I use WAY more than 1 cup!!

Joelen said...

This looks so refreshing!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Your photos are amazing. I don't think I've ever had true Southern sweet tea.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'd love to sit on that front porch and sip on that wonderful tea!



Kittybits said... hubs has been craving this lots lately so I think I may throw caution to the wind and get out my sugar jar. ; )

Natalie said...

I put half a cup of sugar in per quart and it always turns out perfect.

Anonymous said...

Oh, sweet life's blood. Without it I would die. Mine is 3 bags to 4 quarts of water, sweetened with 1-1/2 cups sugar. If the preacher is coming, I up it to two cups of sugar. It makes your teeth ache, but there is simply nothing more Southern than sweet tea. It's a religious experience!

I'm stuck on your site and plan to devour it. Thanks for sharing!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Ellie a marvelous sweet blood.
I'd try it because here isn’t traditional to drink ice cold tea :)


Christie @ Fig & Cherry said...

Great shots! Love the rocking chair one! I love iced tea - but only when it's homemade. The store bought ones are far too sweet!

Meg Bennett said...

Hi- I found your blog through a search for sweet tea and porches and got this particular entry. I was wondering might I use your rocking chair picture for the background to my blog, I'll make sure to let everyone know it is yours.

Love you blogs by the way, adding you.


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