The Best Southern Style Sweet Tea Recipe
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I think I have finally perfected the southern sweet tea. I have to say my sweet tea is delicious and sweet but must importantly it’s dark and strong with a really smooth flavor. How do you accomplish this? I’ll tell you.
What you will need.
- 1 gallon container
- 2 family or Iced Tea style tea bags (the big ones!)
- pinch of Baking Soda
- 1 to 1.5 cups Sugar (I know that’s a lot but it’s so good. You can use less if you like)
cap full of Lemon extract (optional)
Okay here is what you do. Put about 4 – 5 cups of water in a pot and throw in just a pinch of baking soda. This takes away the bitterness of the tea and helps to darken it. Just throw in a little pinch it will not change the taste. Bring the water to a boil and when you got a nice boil going take it off the heat and put in your tea bags and cover with a lid. Let the tea bags steep in the water for 20 – 30 minutes. I like to stir the water a little bit to help the steeping process.
After 20 – 30 minutes remove the tea bags and add your sugar. Mix the sugar with the tea and make sure it has dissolved completely. Once the sugar is dissolved pour the tea into your container. If any sugar is left in the pot just add some water and swirl it around and pour it in. At this point you can add the lemon extract I have also heard of people putting almond extract in as well. If use choose to use almond extract it will make the tea taste a lot sweeter so you might want to back off on some of the sugar to start. Now add cold water to the one gallon mark and stir it up.
You are all set to have some of the best southern sweet tea in the world. Good luck and enjoy.