Sweet Tea

Total Time:
25 min
10 min
10 min
5 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 1 -ounce loose black tea
  • 1 quart hot water
  • 1 quart room temperature water
  • Simple Syrup:
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cold water

Infuse loose tea into hot water for 4 to 5 minutes. Strain tea into room temperature water. Sweeten with simple syrup if desired.

For simple syrup, in a small non-reactive pot combine 5 cups of sugar and 3 cups of cold water. Slowly bring to a boil and add 6 sliced lemons and a few sprigs of fresh mint. Remove from heat. Allow to cool 10 minutes and strain.

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I swear some people could screw up a free lunch. I'm a "yankee" and there is nothing about that recipe that is hard to understand, either in regards to the thousands of ingredients or three days it takes to make the tea (please understand that was dripping with sarcasm!) To read the complaints about the number of ingredients and steps (add tea to water, steep, strain) to people seriously not grasping that yes, 1+ quart of simple syrup is "too sweet" for 2 quarts of tea. how do you look at that and even come the conclusion to dump the whole lot in the tea? while I whole-heartedly understand we all have differing kitchen skill levels - common sense is common sense (1.5qts of sugar syrup is too sweet for 2 qts of tea. really...??). I'm sorry I feel the need to defend a recipe for sweet tea ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect recipe! I have a lot of tea bags left so I weighed 1oz of them (4 regular bags, and I cut the simple syrup recipe to 1cup water and 2/3cup sugar (I didn't want to store extra because it only takes 2 minutes to make, then added it all to the tea. Perfect! Just enough sweetmake without being overly so. Thank you! Update-- I just realised I had initially intended on making the simple syrup with 2/3 water and 1cup sugar. I'm glad I mixed them up though. It was perfect the way I fixed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love sweet tea and was delighted to find this recipe! I especially like making enough simple syrup for several batches, portioning it, and freezing it. It is then a snap to whip up additional batches of sweet tea during the work week. I add lemons & limes and mint from the garden into the syrup and it makes a fabulous tea! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this tea. It's just what I needed. I was a little confused as to how much syrup to use, but one can only guess.... it's like sweeting your coffee: EVERYONE'S DIFFERENT! Thanks, Alton! You are a genius! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe seemed simple, but it was unclear with regards to how much syrup to add. Like the Yankee I am, I added the whole batch of simple syrup and then had to spit out my first sip! Whoa, too sweet. If I didn't have to dilute my tea with 2 other batches, this recipe would have earned 5 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is some mighty fine sweet tea... I read all the reviews with all these people asking what was Alton thinking with all the simple syrup going in the tea... if you can READ, he tells you to use the syrup to sweeten the tea as DESIRED, not dump it all in. Anyways... READ directions and don't use all the syrup... Enjoy... I did. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The simple syrup is really quite good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A good, solid recipe for making ice tea. Instead of using a quart of room-temp water, I weigh 2 pounds of water and ice (which comes out to a quart) so it cools down faster. @"Way too sweet": You should think before dumping 5 CUPS OF SUGAR into 2 quarts of tea. What were you thinking!!! The 5c. sugar/3c. water is a formula for a large batch of simple syrup, some of which you will use to sweeten the tea. Add as much sugar as you like, but for heaven's sake, don't add all of it! @"WHAT???": Too many ingredients? What are you smoking? The ingredients are water, tea, and sugar. Add lemon and mint if you like. What's complicated about that? Your recipe is just as complicated. The fact that you use tea bags shows you're not the tea expert you think you are. Orange Pekoe or better grade loose tea leaves is far superior to the fannings and dust put into tea bags. Just boil water, add tea leaves, remove tea leaves, add cool water/ice and sugar. How hard is that? In fact it's the SAME METHOD as yours except this one uses loose leaves and sugar syrup. You could add the sugar straight to the hot tea (like your recipe) with the same exact result, but the syrup allows guests to sweeten their own tea to taste. We like to keep lots of sugar syrup on hand, it allows us to sweeten all sorts of cold drinks (tea, coffee, mixed drinks, etc.) and the syrup will dissolve into the drink (unlike sugar). item not reviewed by moderator and published
why on earth does it take so many ingredients to make a pitcher of tea? I live in Georgia, and have lived all over the south for my entire life. NEVER EVER in my life have I seen someone put so much mess in their tea. It's ridiculous. Take 2 family sized tea bags. Place them in small sauce pan. add about 3 cups of water. Bring to simmer then turn it off. Add 1 to 2 cups of sugar, depending on taste. Pour into serving pitcher over ice. Add water to fill the pitcher. Add more ice and stir. Then pour it into your cup and drink. SIMPLE. No fuss, no muss. Alton...darlin', I think you just went a little too crazy on this one. I normally love your recipes...but I'm just not sure what to think at this point. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is just like the Sweet Tea that my Grandmother used to make all of my life. She was from Kentucky and Iced Tea was a staple of the dinner table year around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
"Sweeten with simple syrup if desired." Hard to understand . How? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Old post but still need to reply... Never seen this recipe in the south? Recipe: How to Make Perfect Southern Sweet Iced Tea ©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish Ingredients: 5 to 7 individual Luzianne brand tea bags 1 quart of cool filtered or bottled water Pinch of baking soda, optional 1 4-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup for steeping 2 quart glass pitcher filled with ice 1 to 1-1/2 cups of sugar, more or less, to taste Fresh lemon, sliced or wedges, and some mint sprigs, also optional item not reviewed by moderator and published

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