By ratherbeswimmin' on June 05, 2003
Photo by * Pamela *
Photo by * Pamela *
"This is how my Granny made sweet tea and it is some kind of sweet. Know that and beware. Pa-Paw used to down 2-3 glasses after working in the garden all day. Back off the sugar if you can't handle it. This one is for true southerners only ;)"
Serving Size: 1 (2197 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Do not add 2 cups of sugar to the tea..wayyyy to sweet! Made my stomach hurt:(...i'll try 1 cup next time"
"Very smooth iced tea! Being from Texas I have drank a lot of iced tea in my life, seeing as we have it with every meal, and this was some of the best. This is exactly how my mom taught me to make tea with the exception of the baking soda. The soda is the key and I will never make tea without it again! Thanks!"
"My husband is from Georgia and everytime we go visit we drink all the sweet tea we can because you cant find it here so I looked high and low for a good recipie and I definetly found a good one with this one!"
"My husband and I were raised on sweet tea. But for health reasons, we have gotten used to sweetening our tea with Equal. I made this as a surprise for him for his birthday dinner. He loved it and so did I. It is very sweet but we both think that is how tea ought to be. Thanks for a guilty pleasure that will be saved for special occasions. "
"Made as recipe states and it was too weak and wayyyy too sweet. Next time I will let it steep longer to make it strong and halve the sugar."
"Very good. Like several other people, I only used 1/3 cup sugar and it was plenty sweet. Thanks for sharing."
"pretty refreshing "
"This was great - tasted authentic! I used Lipton's tea and only put in 1 1/3 cup sugar. Even then it was very sweet! I might make it with 1 1/4 or 1 cup next time"
"I started with 1 1/2 C of sugar and it was too sweet. The kids said all they tasted was sugar and needed more of the tea flavor to be more prominent. Through trial and error, we found that a bit more than 1/3 C is perfect for the teen palates. Thanks for sharing this family treasure."
"I kind of liked it, but it was very weak and really sweet. Next time, I'll add more tea and a little less sugar."
"I think the baking soda is the secret. Seems to make the tea smoother and cuts the aftertaste bitterness. Made a gallon and used 2 cups of sugar. Just right for my taste. If you like lemon in your tea, squeeze half a lemon and throw the half in with the tea while it is steeping. I'm from N.C. and this recipe taste just like home!"
"Not real southern sweet tea with out making a syrup"
"I joined this web site just to comment on this recipe. I made 1 gallon of Lipton's Blackberry tea using 14 tea bags, 3 cups of sugar and steeped it for 18 minutes. I did not squeeze the bags though I did allow the excess water time to drip out and it turned out great. I agree its a bit sweet though it did not over power the good clean tea taste. I forgot to use the baking soda of which I think is to help it not be cloudy. Thanx for the recipe, it will always be the recipe I use from now on."
"I doubled recipe for a Gallon pitcher. For the doubled recipe I reduced sugar from 3-4 cups sugar to 1 1/3 cups and added 1/3 cup Spenda. Best Sweet Tea EVER! My DH who has NEVER been a real tea drinker, inhaled the first pitcher."
"Yummmm.... This is sooo good! I use 1/3C sugar as well as some other people but that's just my preference. I've tried this with orange pekoe and earl grey - with both I prefer to add an extra tea bag just to make it a bit stringer - again that's personal preference. This is a great recipe - I double it and it's gone very quickly, it helps keep everyone hydrated in the heat - thanks so much!"
"This a great recipe! But I tweaked it a little. I added one teabag and one cup of hot water to help express the extra tea, and filled with cold water to two quarts (1/2 gallon). Also, I'm using Splenda-sugar blend, and at 2x sweetening power by volume, a bit less than a full cup works out great!"
"I had to tweak this a lot. I found 1 1/2 cups of sugar to be fine for us, but 6 teabags steeped for 15 minutes produced a very weak-tasting tea. I ended up steeping 2 more bags for another 15 minutes in a small amount of water. After adding this, the flavor was much better."
"Love Love Love this recipe!!!! My kids and myself are big McDonalds Sweet Tea addicts. We can't get enough. This recipe is a perfect match! Although I doubled it, I only used 3 cups of sugar and it was still as sweet as McD's if not still a bit sweeter. The next time I make it , I might try a little less sugar just to see. But for now its great the way it is. This Recipe is a definite keeper. Thanks so much for sharing!"
"DD couldn't get enough of this. I made for her to take to school with her. thanks for sharing."
"This was awesome. Some of the best iced tea I've ever had. For some reason, my tea usually doesn't turn out too well. This is a fool-proof way to make an outstanding pitcher of tea. I wonder what the baking soda does?"