YUM! I've made this several times now. First time I followed directions (only left out baking soda because didn;t have it) and was great. I may have thinned it out a bit more so wasn't so sweet. Great thing is, I now loosley follow directions and is great every time. Sometimes I use 6 tea bags, more or less sugar etc. It's pretty forgiving. I think the main tip here is to NOT WRING out tea bags before removing them!
I'm from Wisconsin, and we have iced tea, and hot tea, but nothing like this. I only used 1 cup of sugar, and might cut that back a bit more. I used a combination of black tea, green tea, and a blueberry green tea from Trader Joes...YUMMY. My almost 2 year old loves it...the sugar I think, but it is better than highly processed, food dyed, koolaid.
Perfect tea. I also reduced the sugar to 1 cup.
I have only made sweet iced tea once before, but used another Zaar chef's recipe to make it. This recipe tastes similar to that recipe. Now I know why they call it "sweet" iced tea!! When making this, I only added 1 cup of sugar, and that was a bit too sweet for me, so I added one regular size packet of Unsweetened Kool-Aid Lemonade to it, to make this a lemon flavored iced tea. I liked how it turned out, but next time when I make this, I'm going to add a few more tea bags, as I like my tea abit stronger. Other than that, this was very good! Thank you ratherbeswimmin' for the recipe. I'll definitely be making this agan.
I can't believe I haven't submitted a review for this iced tea yet! I've been making it for so long and love the tea it makes. I follow the directions with the exception of the sugar. We don't like "sweet" iced tea -- but we do like GREAT iced tea -- and this recipe has never let us down.
I'm a southern girl from Bay St. Louis, MS. so this tea is a 'MUST HAVE' in my family. We all LOVE it. I double the recipe to make one gallon. Using 4 family sized tea bags, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 4 c. boiling water, 1 1/2 c. sugar and 12 c. cold water. It's the perfect drink for a hot summer day. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. :-)
When it says sweet, oh man, they're not kidding. It was sweet, brown water. And I'm from the south and like it super sweet, but this was just too much even for me. I could taste no tea flavor at all....not even a little. So, I tried it again. I doubled the tea bags so that you could actually TASTE tea and cut the sugar back to 1 cup. Then when I served it, I served it with lemon wedges to further cut back on the ubersweetness. Second batch was definitely better than the first.
I've been making this for a while... although mine isn't "sweet tea" because I only use 1/3 cup of sugar. Mainly I appreciate finding this recipe because of the quick cooling method and the perfect ratio of tea to water. My hubby loves it and I'm always having to make more. Thanks for posting!