And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. -Genesis 21:19 (KJV)
The heat of summer creates the need for cooling refreshment. In the South, that means sweet tea. Sweet tea is economical, it's easy to make, and it's a crowd pleaser. Here's how I do it.
Perfect Southern Sweet Tea
(makes one gallon)
4 family sized Luzianne Iced Tea bags* (can also use 8 regular sized tea bags)
1-1/3 c. white sugar
In a medium saucepan bring 5 cups of water to a boil over medium heat. Pour in white sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat. Add tea bags and set timer to 3 minutes. At 3 minutes lift the tea bags from the water and squeeze them over the water to get all the flavor out of the tea bags. Discard tea bags. Pour tea into gallon pitcher. Add cold water to fill to one gallon capacity.
Serve over ice and with a lemon wedge, if desired.
*Green tea bags also make delicious sweet tea! Use the same amount as regular tea bags.
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