Southern sweet tea… if you’re like me and from the South, then you probably think it’s a phrase of redundancy as sweet tea is Southern and that isn’t what we call it. BTW, sweet tea shouldn’t be confused with flavored tea.
Y’all know when we go to a restaurant or a social gathering down here and we order sweet tea, they know to bring us that beautifully brown brewed concoction that can complement mostly any meal. The phrase “Southern sweet tea” is for all y’all lovely people who reside outside the South. There’s nothing wrong with saying it if you’re not in the South when you say it. Just know, if you come to the South, don’t call it Southern sweet iced tea because we will look at you funny. 😀
I remember the first time I went North as a teenager (Maryland, y’all, so not really north). We stopped at a restaurant, a national chain, and I requested a sweet tea. The waitress said, “Okay.” When she returned, she placed my beverage in front of me and I began to sip. To my surprise this tea, which wasn’t really sweet, was flavored with raspberry. When I say my face was turnt all. the. way. up, it was turnt all the way up!!!
I asked the waitress, “Where is my sweet tea?”
She answers, “I brought it to you.”
Me, “No ma’am, this has some random raspberry flavor in it. Sweet tea just has sugar in it and possibly a splash of lemon or a mint leaf if I’m feeling fancy. But this (I point to the glass in front of me), is not sweet tea. It’s flavored tea.”
What is Southern sweet tea?
Sweet tea is made with black tea leaf bags, so it has all the caffeine (not as much as coffee)! Add water and sugar and boom! You have sweet tea (Southern sweet tea).
Now I will tell y’all, there’s one thing I never do when I make my sweet tea; I never put ice in the pitcher. Here’s why, ice dilutes the sweetness and I end up with watered down tea and that, my friends, is some BS. Ask any sweet tea connoisseur the type of reaction that is created when their mouths are set for some good ol’ fashioned sweet tea. Then they take their first sip to find it’s only brown water. I’ll tell you what their reaction consists of: curse words, turned over furniture, and mobs of people with pitchforks and torches.
That’s not what I want for you. I only want the best for you!
What you’ll need for sweet tea:
- Black tea bags – I used Lipton
- Granulated sugar
- Large spoon – for stirring
So when you make your perfect pitcher of Southern sweet tea, make sure to rate and comment below to let me know what you think and what you’ve done! Don’t forget to tag me on IG (macnificentrecreations) to show me your ReCreations!
Southern Sweet Tea
- 8 C Water Split in half; 4 C for boiling & 4 C set to the side for later
- 1 to 1¼ C Sugar (Granulated)
- 4 bags Tea
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
- While you wait for the water to come to a boil, add the sugar to the pitcher.
- Once the water has reached a rigorous boil, turn off the heat.
- Add 4 bags of tea and allow to steep for at least 5 minutes or until the water is a dark brown.
- Remove the bags of tea, squeezing the excess out and pour the tea into the pitcher with the sugar. Add the other 4 cups of water to the tea and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add ice to your favorite glass and pour yourself some tea and ENJOY!
- Add a little extra sugar to your tea as the ice in your glass/cup will dilute the tea as it melts.
- Want to be fancy? Add a thin slice of lemon or a small sprig of mint to your tea glass.
- Store your sweet tea in a pitcher in the fridge.
- If you’re not from the South, but you are in the South or plan on coming, remember to just order/request a sweet tea (not a Southern sweet tea). 🙂