My Grandmother, Rozie, could make a mean batch of sweet tea…dang, it was really good…and ultra sweet! At our family gatherings, we have to warn everybody, “ya’ll, this is Rozie-tea” meaning, “if you don’t like Sweet Tea, Go Home!”
It’s no secret Southerner’s like their sweet tea and this recipe is not rocket-science, but just how we do it…every day.
First, you make a simple syrup which is equal parts sugar and water. Cook it over medium heat till the sugar dissolves. Next, brew some tea. There’s a couple of different methods in brewing tea, but I’ll just mention a few:
- Stove top: Bring about 3 cups of water to a boil; add in three tea bags; turn heat off and let steep
- Kettle Water: Bring a kettle of water to a whistle; place the tea bags in a large heat-tolerant pitcher; pour hot water over tea bags; let steep
- Coffee-Maker: Put three tea bags in the filter area; don’t use a coffee filter, just the tea bags; put about 3 cups of sugar in the coffee pot; add abut 10 cups of water to the coffee maker; turn on “brew”; once tea has filled the coffee pot, remove from coffee maker and stir gently to dissolve sugar; once sugar is dissolved, pour sweet tea into a pitcher; at this point, you can either add water or iceSouthern Sweet TeaCook Time15 minsChilling Time15 mins
Sweet tea is always welcome south of the Mason-Dixon line anytime of year!Course: DrinksCuisine: SouthernServings: 8 glasses: 100 kcalIngredients
- 3 tea bags
- 3 cups sugar
- 6 cups water divided
Bring 3 cups of water to boil and add tea leaves; allow to steep for about 10 minutes; remove tea bags
In a saucepan on medium heat, add 3 cups of water and 3 cups of sugar; cook and stir until sugar has dissolved; remove from heat and set aside
In a large pitcher, combine sugar/water mixture and tea; stir thoroughly; refrigerate for at least 10 minutes
Serve over ice and enjoy!
- Another way to brew Southern Sweet Tea is to use your coffee maker!
- Place tea bags where the coffee filter goes (do not use a filter; just the tea bags)
- Add sugar directly to the coffee canister
- Add 8-10 cups of water to the coffee maker; turn it on
- Once tea has brewed, remove canister from coffee machine and stir the tea gently to dissolve the sugar
- Pour tea into large pitcher and let sit
- Add ice to pitcher if tea appears too strong
- Serve in chilled glass over ice
- If you prefer a sweeter tea, add more sugar; if you prefer a tea less sweet, either add less sugar or add more water
- If you prefer no sugar, use a sugar substitute like stevia; about 1/3-1/4 cup