Sweet Tea!

Now, before I moved South, I had never really liked tea.
My Grandma and Mom used to make sun tea and Grandma, especially, would drink it unsweetened. But, here in the South, sweet tea goes with every meal. My kids love sweet tea from Bojangles and Hardees, if it's made right. So, I decided that I needed to figure out how to make it. I didn't realize the science behind sweet tea. There are many different ways to make it. And everyone has different rules to how to make it. Pinch of baking soda, how long to boil it, if you keep it in glass or plastic. The list goes on. But, here is the recipe that I have been using and Bubby is in love with it. You can double or triple the recipe if you'd like. Now remember, this is a concentrate, so you need to add ice or water before drinking.

1 quart water
4-5 regular size tea bags or 2 family size tea bags (I use Lipton but I have heard rave reviews of Luzianne)
Pinch of baking soda
1/2 cup to 1 cup of sugar depending on taste

Bring water mixed with baking soda to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags. Let set at least 10 minutes. The longer you leave in, the stronger the tea. Remove bags, add sugar. Mix with wooden spoon. (Don't know why it has to be wooden, but this was in many of the recipes I read.) Now the key is not to keep in the refrigerator. Just let it set on the counter. I read that keeping it in the fridge will cause it to become bitter. And now either fill a glass with ice and add the concentrate or mix with water. Enjoy!


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