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How Do I Make Sweet Southern Style Iced Tea?


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#1 backwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted June 30, 2013 - 08:52 PM

i make about 3 gallons of sun tea a week and was wondering what was needed to make sweet tea and how to do it. thanks in advance guys


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 08:59 PM

Just add sugar.... :-) How much you add is based on how sweet you like it.

I use to like it really sweet, but now I take mine only slightly sweet. Enjoy!

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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:01 PM

how much sugar is used??? how many tea bags?? i normally use 8 bags per gallon


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:11 PM

Recipes vary by family and location.

3 familly size or 6 regular sized tea bags. place bags in small pot or kettle. Fill with water. Bring to boil and turn off heat once it is at roiling boil. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes (not an exact science more or less is fine too). Add 1.5 to 2 cups of sugar to a gallon container. Pour heated mixture into the container and then fill the rest of the way with cold water. Stir while you fill it up.

 

Prefered tea in my area is Lipton.


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:15 PM

Asking a southern woman how to make sweet tea will not get you any exact measurements.  It's "fill that pitcher up to that top row of flowers with lukewarm water from the left faucet, drop in so many tea bags and boil until it looks about like the creek after that rain we had last week, take your granddaddy's coffee mug and scoop out enough sugar and place the whole assembly in the 'fridge until the men get in."

 

My grandparents used to make it sweet enough to leave a scum in the bottom of the pitcher. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:25 PM

Greg, We use 3 Family "Tetley" tea bags in a 2 qt. pan full of water. Bring to boil and let boil about 5 min.. We make ours in a 1 Gal. pitcher, add 1 1/4 cups sugar, after you pour the hot tea into the pitcher, stir to dissolve the sugar. Finish filling pitcher with cold water, stir and enjoy.

 

If you can't find Tetley, you can use Lipton, those are my first and second choice of tea brands.


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:25 PM

ok i use lipton tea myself an let it sit in the sun till it looks like mud lol si i can make sweet tea then had no idea i had to boil it


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:26 PM

im gonna give it a shot tomorrow and hope for the best all else fails i have sun tea and when somebody show up to my place from way down south he can show me lol


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:35 PM

little Southern Comfort in tea 


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:52 PM

Boil tea? :wtf:  Place bags in glass jar with water and set in the sun. Toss some sugar in if ya want to.

 

After two days, place under Funkenwagnal's porch until noon the next day. Remove, take the 3 envelopes out and give them to the loud drunk guy in the limo at the curb, and enjoy.


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 09:57 PM

Boiled tea is not the same a Sun tea. Most all places the serve Sweet Tea boil it or make in their "BUNN" Coffee machine.


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 10:30 PM

  I lay two family bags (used to insist on Lipton, but found wmart great value extremely similar) flat on two filters in the coffeemaker, fill with water and brew, then pour it into a gallon jug, then to the fridge. If you want it a bit stronger you can use a third bag, or simply let it simmer there awhile before pouring into the jug. I drink lots of ice tea, always unsweet, it's even replaced the morning coffee for me.

  I carry a large insulated Sonic drink cup filled with ice tea almost everywhere, with a slightly shortened straw(their straws are nice but just a tad long for me) I get a fresh cup 2 or 3 times a week at Sonic for 50 cents, maybe with a junior burger or something, or during 2-4pm their iced tea(all drinks actually) are half price, and I sometimes ask for a couple extra lids and straws so I'll have fresh ones on hand(always give the curbhop a small tip too :) Just keep the cup clean long as possible, if you try washing it'll taste like soap ;)

   Used to make sun tea too, and it really has no match. Start with cold water, put the bags(per previous posts) on top(hahaha, NOT on top the lid, on top the water inside the lid! ;), set in open sun, preferably on a deck or slab that gathers more heat (I've also used an aluminum foil wrap to make a sort of "sun oven"), as the sun warms the water it brews slowly to perfection ;)

  Then, if you want it sweet, add sugar(or honey ; ) to taste :)


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 11:00 PM

the real secret is to sweeten while it is hot before you chill it.


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Posted July 01, 2013 - 06:25 AM

whoooow, that was very interesting. now I know why we drink coffee. how do you make sweet coffee southern style, plz :beer:


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Posted July 01, 2013 - 06:32 AM

the real secret is to sweeten while it is hot before you chill it.

You'all got it right boil it and then add sugar to taste. I like to add a slice of lemon to a glass of tea on ice.
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