how to make sweet tea

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  1. sandramaac

    sandramaac <font color=blue>Needs to look harder...<br><font

    May 12, 2001
    yes it does--creating the sugar solution where the sugar is dissolved then heated makes the sucrose change its chemical make-up a bit, actually making it sweeter than the original table sugar
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  3. punkin

    punkin <font color=purple>Went through pain just to look

    Nov 28, 2001
    This is the correct way. ;) I also make a lemon syrup which can be used with water (or sparkling water) to make lemonade or mixed with tea (as you say) to make a lovely half/half (Arnold Palmer).
  4. mrspaha

    mrspaha Mouseketeer

    May 24, 2004
    I'm literally am addicted to iced tea. I drink it all year long, and have a nice cold one next to me as I type this. It has such a crisp refreshing taste (plus it is so cheap to make), I often wonder why more people don't drink it. I like mine unsweetened, with just a few squirts of fresh lemon.

    What I do is boil a large pot of water, pour the boiling water into a rubbermaid half-gallon pitcher, and steep 7 regular size teabags in it. I would assume you could put in whatever amount of sugar you want into the pitcher before the boiling water.
  5. Mkaz

    Mkaz <font color=deeppink>Well, bust my buttons! That's

    Oct 22, 2005
    Ours is similar to others. We put 1 3/4 cups sugar in a one gallon pitcher and add lemon (just enough to coat the sugar slightly). In a small saucepan bring 7 tea bags to a boil. Turn down on low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Pour boiled tea (not the tea bags) over sugar and lemon. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add cold water to the pot (to release the rest of the tea) and pour into pitcher. Do this a few times until the water is clear. Then fill the pitcher the rest of the way with plain cold water. It makes awesome tea!
  6. WDWBarb

    WDWBarb I need a vacation.

    Mar 24, 2007
    I always make my sweet tea vegetarian. ;) :goodvibes :lmao:

    I make it by boiling water (just maybe 2 cups), taking it off the burner and putting in the bags (4 family size). Let sit for about half an hour, take the bags out and add sugar (I do about 1 cup). Stir and then put the mixture in a pitcher and then add water and ice. Gah, I want sweet tea!

    We put in a pinch of baking soda to keep the tea from getting cloudy. An old trick from those of us raised in the sticks where the water wasn't all that clear to begin with. :scratchin
  7. Wishing on a star

    Wishing on a star DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2002
    OMG!!! Everybody seems to getting a kick out of the way I said 'turning off the burner;!!!!

    I'll have to be more careful.

    Maybe this 'speak' is a southern thing!!!
    Like, here in the south, we are 'fixing' some sweet tea....

    Everything that we ever do here sounds like we are repairing something!!! :rotfl2:

    I actually am not that bad...
    I don't use the word 'fixing' in the way very often.
    But, hey, when one is born and raised in an area!!!
  8. taylor3297

    taylor3297 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2009
    Sweet tea is known as the house wine of the south.

    When I make it at home, I normally only make 2 quarts at a time. I use 6 regular sized tea bags and at least 1 cup of sugar if not a tad more. I preger Luzianne tea bags.

    When I am not in the mood to make it at home, Smithfields BBQ has great tea and we will pick up a gallon from there.

    Oh I almost forgot, Bojangles has great sweet tea too.
  9. luvsJack

    luvsJack DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2007
    Just a tip: When we can't get sweet tea in a restaurant, we use one equal packet and one sugar packet for a glass. Its not the tea we have at home, but it gets it sweeter than just the sugar packets. I guess because the equal dissolves easier or something.
  10. dizcrazee

    dizcrazee DIS Veteran

    Jan 14, 2006
    This is how I make mine too, except that I use 4 family size bags. Also, I add a little water from the tap to the sugar in the pitcher before I add my tea from the pan because if the tea is too hot, it can carmelize the sugar. I generally use Splenda instead of sugar now and it's pretty good too.

    I never thought about the fact that people from other parts of the country outside of the South might not know how to make iced sweet tea. Wow - strange! ;)
  11. Southernmiss

    Southernmiss <font color=green>I am hazed everyday<br><font col

    Aug 27, 2011
    I have been reading this thread and told dh last night about it as he was making our weekly 10 gallons of sweet tea for our family of 5. He was in disbelief that folks don't know how to make sweet tea. He has his method down to a science! Lol
  12. left210

    left210 DIS Veteran

    Jan 26, 2005
    We also use the tea maker. I used to make it on the stove like others have mentioned but love my ice tea maker. We use 8 regular size decaff tea bags with 1 1/2 cups of sugar. The ice tea maker is great because you can turn it on and go about doing other things and not have to worry about it. My 12 year old can even make the tea in the tea maker. Love it! We drink lots of ice tea at our house and make a batch usually every 1-2 days.
  13. Polyluvr

    Polyluvr DIS Veteran

    Jan 4, 2010
    I just made the tea exactly as you said ~ it is heavenly !!!:thumbsup2
  14. violetrose

    violetrose DIS Veteran

    Sep 22, 2010
    I make "sweet tea" using an iced tea pitcher from Teavana that has the infuser built into it:

    I have a cheaper, plastic one that cost around $20.

    I put the tea in the infuser, along with rock sugar (that I also buy from Tevana), then I put water on the stove and get to where it's hot but not boiling. Pour the water into the pitcher, put the top and built in infuser in it, let it steep anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on what kind of tea I am using and then pour it over ice.
  15. Agent7

    Agent7 Mouseketeer

    Oct 20, 2012
    We always use Lipton and bring the tea to a boil. Basically we put the tea bags in the water while cold and heat to a boil then take off the burner and let steep for about 10 minutes. Add into pitcher with sugar then (after sugar is dissolved) fill the pitcher up. Two cups of sugar for about 1.5 gallons. The amount of tea bags used varies on strength wanted and amount of tea but it's anywhere between 4 and 9 regular tea bags. Refrigerate and serve with ice!

    Another fun thing is making sun tea! Get a mason jar (large one) add tea bag, sugar(depending on mason jar size but usually no more than 1/4 cup), and water then cap it and let sit outside on a hot sunny day for a few hours. It's always good and the anticipation is fun. I like using peach tea for this.
  16. Buckalew11

    Buckalew11 2013 1/2 Marathon Finisher!!! Woohoo!!

    Oct 15, 2004
    I can't believe you never have either. Maybe Wishing and I are *old*? :rotfl:

    "Sweet and Low"?! :scared: :rotfl: I doubt you'd taste tea being bitter if you use that! ;):rotfl:

    It's "fixin'" ;) and I'm from South Jersey and use it all the time--because I have been in TN since I was 10.

    And BTW, my mom is from S NJ also and she's always made sweet tea. Not sure where she learned that. :confused3 And then one day my parents got a Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Maker for Christmas. :crazy2::crazy2::crazy2: OMG...not real Southern Sweet Tea at all. Dad thought it was great and easier. :crazy2:

    I'd rather drink water than drink iced tea made in that thing. Did I say :crazy2: ? :rotfl:

    I love sweet tea and could drink it all day long--but I'd never sleep at night.:upsidedow

    At WDW I order their Gold Peak Tea (a Coke product). It doesn't taste like real southern sweet tea but I like it better than soda.
  17. disykat

    disykat DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2000
    I'm glad someone asked. I'd also been trying to figure out what on earth "cutting off the eye" could mean. I figured it was a typo or a spell check thing and still couldn't figure out what it could have been.

    Fixing something doesn't sound weird to me at all, I've also heard of "cutting off" for turning off, I just couldn't figure out what the "eye" could be.
  18. PigletsPal2

    PigletsPal2 Queen of the Realm

    Jun 20, 2008
    This thread really brought back old memories for me! When DH was in the Army, we were always broke as a joke, so we never had sodas in thr house. I'd make a gallon of sweet tea in the morning and drink on that all day, then make another gallon just before DH got off duty and we'd drink on that all night. We went through a box of 100 tea bags every two weeks.

    Queen Colleen
  19. cm8

    cm8 <font color=blue>Half of the time we're rushing ar

    Nov 20, 2009
    I hear ya ;) we say the "eye" around here too:wave2: We also are guilty about using Fixin too. I'm fixin to head to the store, make dinner and so on.
    We love sweet tea and only use Lipton teabags and mint or lemon to flavor. My sister loves to make sweet tea and I dare not drink any unless half of my glass is filled with water. She uses way too much sugar and it ends up being too sweet for me:crazy2::hyper:
  20. DawnM

    DawnM Dawn

    Oct 4, 2005
    We were making our own but only my youngest and my DH drink it and don't drink every day.

    Walmart sells a sweet tea concentrate and I have purchased that instead. It is decent. We just add water and ice. It is the kind used in many restaurants.
  21. Sorsha

    Sorsha <font color=royalblue>People, don't be like the ch

    Feb 26, 2007
    I haven't read the whole thread (on a tight time schedule today) but here's what I have done.

    I am NOT a sweet tea drinker - I like mine black and plain - but I have a friend who prefers sweet. I drink a HUGE amount of iced tea, I never drink sodas or sweetened drinks or juices, so other than 1 cup of coffee a day and H2O, tea is my beverage of choice. I usually have a gallon pitcher of freshly brewed tea in the fridge.

    To accommodate those who prefer it sweet, I make a sugar syrup. Equal amounts sugar and water in a pan, boil it till the sugar completely dissolves. stir it and watch it so it doesn't boil or become to thick. Let it cool completely and store it in a mason jar in the fridge; it keeps for a couple of weeks. To sweeten iced tea (or water, or cocktails, etc) add to taste.

    You can also make flavored syrups. Follow the above directions, then when you remove it from the heat, add torn mint leaves or any other torn herb, or zest and juice from any citrus, or homegrown rose petals (nice for cocktails) - just about anything you can think of. Let it infuse the syrup while it cools, then strain before storing. lemon or mint sweet tea is really quite tasty, even to those who like it plain, like myself!

    (PS: if you want it not quite so sweet, you can do one part sugar to 2 parts water. You may have to add more to your drinks to achieve the desired result, however)

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