Alabama Sweet Tea Recipe
Sweet tea is one of the most popular refreshments in the South. In Alabama, friendly folks will offer you a glass on almost every occasion. Whether you’re at a public gathering or a private lunch at someone’s home, there’s bound to be sweet tea close by. Follow the recipe below to make a pitcher for you and your family.
What You Will Need
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ gallon water, room temperature
- 6 tea bags black tea*
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 tray ice cubes
- 1 large lemon, sliced
- Fresh mint
- Pour the sugar and half gallon of water into a pot. Stir together.
- Warm the water over medium-high heat.
- When the water starts to boil, remove it from the heat and add the tea bags. Let the tea steep for about 10 minutes.
- Carefully remove the tea bags from the water and place the pot back on the stove. Warm again over medium-high heat.
- When the water reaches a boil for the second time, remove it from the heat and carefully pour the tea into a large heat-proof pitcher.
- Add the cold water to the pitcher and stir.
- Add the ice to the pitcher and serve cold.
- Garnish your glass with a ring of freshly sliced lemon and a sprig of mint.
*Classic sweet tea is made with black tea, but feel free to substitute a caffeine-free herbal tea.