I have to say I love the stuff. I used to always get it as soon as I got into Fl and they finally brought it up here. I have never made it myself but today decided to try and make some. I filled the large cup with hot water and 1 tea bag and let it steep for 10 min. so it would be good and dark. While the tea was steeping I made some simple syrup with 12 tbsp of sugar and hot water until dissolved. I figured I would put in about 1/2 and save the rest for another day in a sealed container. Well it wasn't as sweet as Mc'D's so I put in the whole amount and it still wasn't as sweet. 12 tbsp and it wasn't as sweet. Guess I will stick to my regular ice tea and 2 tsp of sugar.