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Easy Peasy Refreshing Sweet Tea

Updated on July 11, 2015
Easy Peasy Refreshing Sweet Tea
Easy Peasy Refreshing Sweet Tea | Source
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Growing up in Texas, it wouldn't have been possible to have a refrigerator without a couple of pitchers of sweet tea in it.

In Texas, sweet tea is essentially sugar with a little bit of tea flavored water in it. It's not quite like sweet tea in Virginia where there's so much sugar that you can hardly breathe after a sip, but it's still pretty sweet.

We always used about a cup of sugar in each of our pitchers.

Some how, we have become well known for our brand of sweet tea, which is why I developed a recipe for it.

I didn't think that our tea was any different than the sweet tea made everywhere else in the country (hot water, ta bags and sugar), but apparently it is!

Of course this isn't the only way to make a great pitcher of iced tea for your friends, family, and household, but this is how we do it in our home.

Let's look at how you can make some easily for your family as well.

Sweet Tea Materials
Sweet Tea Materials | Source
Step One: Start your water on high heat, but wait to see steam before filling your pitchers
Step One: Start your water on high heat, but wait to see steam before filling your pitchers | Source
Step Two: Begin filling your pitchers
Step Two: Begin filling your pitchers | Source
Step Three: Add your tea bags to each pitcher
Step Three: Add your tea bags to each pitcher | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 10 min
Yields: Serves each person 1 glass of tea

Ingredients

  • 2 regular tea bags per gallon container, any flavor
  • 1 cup sugar per gallon container
  • 2 gallons hot water

Instructions

  1. The first thing I do is to wash out both of my tea pitchers thoroughly with soap and water. If there is an residual tea left in either pitcher, the tea will taste funny.
  2. I then set out all of my materials as this happens really fast. (This was very hard to take pictures of, lol.)
  3. Start your water running in the sink on hot. It will probably take a few minutes to heat up to boiling.
  4. I normally wait until I can see the steam rising from the water around the sink. (I tried to get a picture of the steam, but it was hard to see it in a picture.)
  5. At that point put both of your pitchers in the sink to begin filling up.
  6. Drop 3 tea bags into each pitcher, being careful not to tear them. You don't want loose tea in the bottom of your pitcher.
  7. Immediately scoop your sugar into each pitcher before the first one fills with water. You want the sugar in the pitcher while the water is filling it up so it can dissolve in the hot water.
  8. If you put the sugar in afterward, it may not completely dissolve.
  9. Fill each of your pitchers with steaming water until it's about an inch from the top. You don't want your tea to spill when pouring it or putting it into the refrigerator.
  10. I then leave both pitchers on the counter to brew for a few hours.
  11. After about four hours or so, I'll come back and check the temperature of the pitchers by putting my hand on the side of one.
  12. I don't want it to be completely cooled, but only mostly cool.
  13. Then, remove the tops of your tea pitchers and stir each one, removing the tea bags.
  14. Make sure to stir each one for a few minutes getting into all of the crevices on the bottom to make sugar has dissolved.
  15. Pop both into the refrigerator to completely cool for about an hour.
  16. Enjoy!!
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Step Four: Add your sugar to each pitcher before they fill upStep Five: Fill to about 1 inch from the topStep Six: After filling, set out on the counter to brewStep Seven: Cover with the pitcher tops while brewingStep Eight: Brew for about 4 hoursStep Nine: After brewing, remove tea bags from each pitcherStep Ten: Stir your pitchers for at least a few minutesStep Eleven: Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to chill completelyStep Twelve: Enjoy!! Yummy!
Step Four: Add your sugar to each pitcher before they fill up
Step Four: Add your sugar to each pitcher before they fill up | Source
Step Five: Fill to about 1 inch from the top
Step Five: Fill to about 1 inch from the top | Source
Step Six: After filling, set out on the counter to brew
Step Six: After filling, set out on the counter to brew | Source
Step Seven: Cover with the pitcher tops while brewing
Step Seven: Cover with the pitcher tops while brewing | Source
Step Eight: Brew for about 4 hours
Step Eight: Brew for about 4 hours | Source
Step Nine: After brewing, remove tea bags from each pitcher
Step Nine: After brewing, remove tea bags from each pitcher | Source
Step Ten: Stir your pitchers for at least a few minutes
Step Ten: Stir your pitchers for at least a few minutes | Source
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Step Eleven: Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to chill completely
Step Eleven: Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to chill completely | Source
Step Twelve: Enjoy!! Yummy!
Step Twelve: Enjoy!! Yummy! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 glass of sweet tea
Calories 15
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Drink
The Sign of a Good Drink | Source

We are constantly asked for our tea anytime anyone visits our home. It's like people have never had sweet tea before when visiting.

Over the years, we've slowed switched from caffeinated tea to decaffeinated to help with the caffeine intake.

We've also lowered our sugar from 1 cup (which everyone loved) to 1/3 cup. It still tastes like sweet tea, just not as strong. Not that it doesn't disappear just as fast. lol

We've made the same tea with peach tea flavored bags, green tea, cinnamon or ginger flavored tea, and even black and red tea.

Every time we try something new, it's a new adventure.

We even like putting different fruits in our tea like peaches (my husband's favorite), oranges, apples, and berries.

We really like our tea over here! You'll have to try some of your own variations and let me know how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Love yr recipe, yr tea recipe is huge enough to cover 4 people, right?

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Interesting recipe but while I am reading it, I realize that whatever the weather I like to drink hot beverages. Another change I have made is that I use agava syrup instead of sugar. Ideally, I want to cut the agava completely... I can always dream!" Another change.... I switch from tea to mainly all kinds of rooibos. I think my husband asks himself if still has the same wife ;-)

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Peachpurple, there should be at least 4 glasses of tea in each pitcher. So if you make 2 pitchers, you should have 8 glasses of tea. Unless you have more pitchers and a bigger refrigerator, you will likely have to make more tea when friends come over at least once. lol

      Kidscrafts, lol I'm sure. We tried agave and loved it, but it was SUPER expensive. Once we win the lottery, we'll probably switch permanently. There are also tons of other natural sweeteners you could use that would be just as yummy. Just know that if you use another type of sweetener, you won't need as much to replace the sugar you are using. I think we only used 1/2 cup of agave for the same taste of 1 cup of sugar.

      Thank you both for the wonderful comments!! I love hearing your thoughts and stories!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Agave is expensive but I use a very small amount and I discovered that at Costco I pay about half the price of the regular grocery store :-)

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Nice! We'll have to check it out. We drink a lot of tea so we were going through it very quickly.

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