How to Make Southern Sweet Tea

How to Make Southern Sweet Tea

In celebration of National Iced Tea Day on June 10th, we're making Southern Sweet Tea!

Boil the water. Bring 4 cups of the water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. (Image credit: Emma Christensen) 
Steep the tea for 5 minutes. Dunk the tea bags a few times in the water to fully hydrate, then leave submerged with the strings hanging over the side of the pot. (Image credit: Emma Christensen)
After 5 minutes, remove the bags and discard. (Image credit: Emma Christensen)
Add the sugar to the tea. Add the sugar. (Image credit: Emma Christensen)
Stir until completely dissolved. (Image credit: Emma Christensen)
Pour the tea base into the pitcher. If using multiple pitchers, divide the tea evenly between them. (Image credit: Emma Christensen)
Top off the pitchers with water. Add 3 more quarts of water to the tea base to make a gallon of sweet tea and stir to combine. (Image credit: Emma Christensen)
Refrigerate until very cold. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or, ideally, overnight. (Image credit: Emma Christensen)
Serve over ice. Pour the sweet tea into ice-filled glasses. Add a sprig of mint or a slice of lemon to each, if desired! (Image credit: Emma Christensen)




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