Sweet Tea

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 4 pitcher-size cold brew tea bags
  • Sugar Mixture, recipe follows
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish
  • Sugar Mixture:
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
Directions

Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat, pour into a pitcher, and steep the tea bags about 5 minutes. Mix the sugar mixture into the iced tea. Mix well.

Pour the drink mix over ice cubes in a glass. Garnish with 2 slices of lemon and a sprig of mint.

Sugar Mixture:

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add sugar. Stir to combine.


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    Love sweet tea. This recipe is great, but I would recommend regular tea, not "cold brew". The cold brew staines your teeth more!
    I have been making this tea for two years plus. I like this recipe because it's very versatile. I don't use tea bags; I use traditional tea that my parents buy. The tea they buy is very strong, so I use five tablespoons. My family isn't a big fan of sugar, so I don't use all of the sugar syrup. Very delicious on a hot summer day!
    i'd give 5 stars except the instructions don't match the ingredients. why would you boil water for cold brew bags and steep them? you put them in the cold water and let it sit. i put cold brew tea in the refrigerator to "steep". seems to taste a bit smoother and it stays cold while brewing. when using an iced tea maker, put the sugar into the pitcher before brewing. stir when done. then add the ice or just pour over the ice. makes a stronger tea and the sugar is all dissolved.
    i just made it to see and it turned out to be not to sweet at all but super yummy. Thanks, Paula!! :
    I've been making sweet tea for 40 years and didn't know I was doing it wrong...eeeks! I nuke 4 lg. tea bags in a couple cups of water 6 min. (or just before it boils, pour into a half gallon "tea jug," add a rounded cup of sugar, fill it up with water and stir. Same recipe-just quicker...ask Paula- I bet she does hers at her house the same way - 5 stars any way you do it.
    Quick and easy taste great really enjoyed it,
    I think the tea is really good and brings the southern style back to tea. You can use flavored tea, green tea and experiment with the flavors depending on the teabag you use. I used the same part sugar and water, 1 cup, to make the simple syrup and balance out the sweetness. You can also add mint leaves to the simple syrup while right before you add sugar to give a mint flavor too. Have fun with this tea! I did.
    I love how easy it is to make, the simple sugar I used 1 cup of sugar but I think it could still be a little sweeter. But I love this tea.
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