After getting back from a business trip to Dallas, I was having southern sweet tea withdrawls…I made a pot of “Andy’s Famous Sweet Tea”. Here’s the recipe:
8 cups of cold water
4 tea bags (Lipton Iced Tea Regular or Luzianne’s)
1.5 cups of sugar
1 pinch of baking soda to make it dark and remove any remaining sucrose bitterness
Put the water and tea bags in a pot on the stove and allow to come to a boil. Do not continue to boil, remove the pot from the burner, remove the tea bags and as it is cooling add the sugar. Make sure to add the sugar while it is still hot, otherwise you will not get southern sweet tea…it will taste more like the yankee stuff. Stir the tea until the sugar is dissolved. You can then either add cold water and ice and serve, or if you are like me and want it a bit stronger just add lots of ice per serving.
Pour into a glass and enjoy on your front or back porch.
(you are not allowed to shoot trespassers while drinking my tea)