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The Best Ever "Sweet Tea"

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Servings: 1 gallon

Ingredients:

  • One gallon of distilled water
  • 4 family size bags Luzianne tea
  • 3/4 to 1-1/2 cups of sugar (depending on taste)

Preparation:

Put tea bags in the brewing part of a very clean coffee maker; fill water holder with distilled water

Brew in a 12 cup coffee maker

Add sugar to the hot tea and stir until dissolved

Pour into the remaining distilled water

Must be refrigerated or will turn sour, especially during summer months.

Diabetic version:

Use 10-20 packets of Equal sweetener instead of the sugar, plus add approximately 1 or 2 teaspoons of Fasweet liquid sweetener

Recipe Description & History

The beverage most closely associated with the South is what is known as "sweet tea." Even though thousands upon thousands of gallons are consumed during the warmer months, sweet tea is a year-round drink in the South. There is an art to making really good tea. People and restaurants try but not all quite hit the mark. Contrary to how television usually portrays Southerners, we don't preface our relatives' names with "cousin," at least not in my family. But my aunt and cousin make, without a doubt, the world's best "sweet tea" and with thanks to "Cousin" Becky and "Aunt Toni," here is their recipe. Also included is a diabetic friendly version which my cousin says is highly requested.