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Southern Sweet Tea

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total time 26 mins
Yield Makes 2 1/2 qt.
If you like tea that's really sweet, add the full cup of sugar.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar
  • 7 cups cold water

How to Make It

  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.

  3. Peach Iced Tea

  4. 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.