A cup of sugar for 10 cups of tea? That's too sweet even by Southern standards, LOL. I use one cup of sugar per gallon of tea, and it is still really sweet. A gallon only lasts 2 days at most in my house. (this recipe only calls for 10 cups of water total. There are 16 cups in a gallon)
Southern Sweet Tea
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
If you like tea that's really sweet, add the full cup of sugar.
This recipe goes with Peach Iced Tea
Yield: Makes 2 1/2 qt.
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- 3 cups water
- 2 family-size tea bags
- 1/2 to 1 cup sugar
- 7 cups cold water
- 1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
- 2. Remove and discard tea bags. Add desired amount of sugar, stirring until dissolved. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.
- Peach Iced Tea
- Prepare Southern Sweet Tea using 1/2 cup sugar. Stir together 1 1/2 qt. tea, 1 (46-oz.) bottle peach nectar, and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice. Serve over ice. Makes 3 qt.
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