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Perfect Southern Sweet Tea

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On Saturday, I saw the first snow flurries I have ever seen since living in Florida for the last eleven years. Even though I grew up living in the Midwest where getting a couple feet of snow each year was common, I felt like an excited child when I saw those tiny flakes falling from the sky.

Getting so excited about those flurries, made me realize that I have grown accustom to the South. I’ve learned to say “y’all” and “fixin’ to”, and I can even make some biscuits and sausage gravy that will stick to your ribs. However, there is one thing that I will never get used to in the South, and that is sweet tea!

Since I married a Southerner, this was a problem when we were first married. My husband likes to have tea with his dinner, so I attempted several times to make him tea during our first few years of marriage. But it never came out right, and I resorted to buying his tea from the grocery store for years.

Then about two years ago, I decided to give the sweet tea another try. When my husband drank my new version, he loved it and even said that it tasted like the tea his granny used to make. When he said that, I knew I had hit the jackpot!

I did a little happy dance!

Ever since then I have been making his sweet tea and saving $5 at the grocery store each week! I like to call this my perfect sweet tea because it took me six years to get it just right!

If you like sweet tea, and are looking for a great recipe, try this one.SOUTHERN SWEET TEA



7 tea bags

gallon of water

2 1/2 cups of sugar



1. Add 4 cups of water to pan and bring to a boil.

2. Once water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat.

3. Add the tea bags to the water and cover with a lid for 13 minutes.

4. While the tea is steeping, put sugar in gallon pitcher and add just enough water to cover the sugar.

5. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

6. When the tea is done steeping, throw away the tea bags and pour the tea into the pitcher.

7. Add enough water to fill the pitcher.

8. Stir making sugar all the sugar is dissolved.

9. Allow the tea to come to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator.

NOTE: Adding ice or putting in the refrigerator before the tea cools down causes the tea to sour early.

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    We drink a lot of tea around here and it has to be sweet. Your recipe sounds so good. Here we had to change to stevia though because ..well we drink a lot of tea!

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      Using Stevia is a great idea for those wanting to cut out the calories or extra sugar! I’ve never been a fan of sweet tea, but my husband says this is the best he has ever had!

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