227 Reviews

I'm afraid I just didn't care much for this iced tea. It wasn't the sweetness--it was that all I could taste was sugar. It was too weak for my taste. I made a 1.5 batch, using 9 bags of Red Rose tea and just under 3 cups of sugar. I think I'll stick with my old, quick, brewed iced tea recipe, which is stronger-tasting. This was quite easy to make, and if you like a sweet, not so strong iced tea, I think this would suit very well. Sorry it didn't work out, but thanks for posting anyway, ratherbeswimmin'--I'm glad I tried it! Made for Comfort Cafe.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Halcyon Eve January 05, 2009

True Southern sweet tea! I make a gallon of this at a time, and put just a tad less sugar (but not much!). I also don't use 8 to 10 tea bags. After steeping, and pouring the concentrated tea into the container, I pour 2 cups of cold water at a time over the bags, basically rinsing the tea out of them, then add it to the container. I do this until the pitcher is full, or the water when poured over the tea bags runs clear. My mom still squeezes her tea bags, and I cringe every time she does it! The baking soda is the key ingredient that I didn't grow up with, but tweaks it and makes it perfect, never bitter. Thanks for posting!

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
ColCadsMom December 05, 2008

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!

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Can't Boil Water November 26, 2008

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.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
farmchick #2 November 17, 2008

Perfect tea. I also reduced the sugar to 1 cup.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
brandidt September 20, 2008

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.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Domestic Goddess August 29, 2008

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.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Bobbie August 19, 2008

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. :-)

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Chef Charlie Brown July 23, 2008
Southern Sweet Iced Tea