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two cups of tea with ice and a mint leaf. The perfect southern sweet tea recipe.

Perfect Southern Sweet Tea

Southern sweet tea recipe with a secret ingredient!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 1 gallon

Ingredients
  

  • 1 gallon water
  • 4 Luzianne family size tea bags
  • 1 Constant Comment tea bag
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • ice
  • mint or lemon for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Pour water into your pitcher
  • Put about 1/2 to 2/3 of the water from your pitcher into a pot
    pitcher sitting on a counter about half filled with water.
  • Bring the water in the pot to a boil
  • Turn off the heat
  • Add 4 family sized Luzianne tea bags
    tea bags in a green pot on a stove. The perfect sweet tea recipe.
  • Steep for 5-10 minutes
  • Add a small tea bag of Constant Comment tea
    Putting a tea bag in a pot with bags steeping in steaming water.
  • Steep for 5 more minutes
    green pot sitting on a stove with strings of tea bags hanging over the edge.
  • Remove tea bags without squeezing
    Tea bags dripping into a green pot on a stove. How to make the best southern sweet tea.
  • Add 1 cup (more or less to taste) of sugar to the warm tea mixture and stir until melted
    cup of sugar
  • If you are going to add baking soda stir a pinch in now
  • Pour the cooling tea into the remaining water in your pitcher
    Pitcher of tea
  • Stir
  • Serve over ice with a little lemon or mint
    two cups of tea with ice and a mint leaf. The perfect southern sweet tea recipe.
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