8.09.2011

sweet tea...


Almost every time I go out to eat I always order iced tea, sometimes the rare rootbeer, but I usually stick to what I love. Being up here in Canada though, i've been curious to see what authentic American sweet tea tastes like (and not the McDonald's version!). There's so many recipes out there it's hard to tell what's good, so i'd love to know... do you have a perfect family recipe for sweet tea? I'd love to try it out...

24 comments:

Nicole said...

Being from the mid-west, I don't have a great sweet tea recipe, but I must admit that there are few things better than that southern sweet tea! YUM. My guess is just lotsa lotsa sugar :) Yay Canada!

rosepetalsandlace said...

I don't have a recipe but David's Tea has some delicious loose leaf teas in their summer collection (yes, I've tried them all) and with a bit of Agave Nectar their perfect.

some kind of wonderful said...

No, sorry..
But we love icetea here as well..
Lovely pictures..

heloisa de mesquita inoue said...

Sinto muito, mas chá é uma coisa muito pessoal... Beijos! Tenha uma ótima semana!

Jacquelyn said...

Seriously it surprises me how much you and Sarah can be the same!...what does she order...ice tea...and what does she love...American style ice tea! I can ask my American friends for their Sweet Tea Recipe (they live in Tennessee so it would be southern authentic ;)and I will get back to you...

bellarina said...

We live in the midwest currently, but my father is from Atlanta so we always have sweet tea at home. The most important thing to remember is that if it's true southern sweet tea, then it's really sugar water with a couple tea leaves. Our recipe is as follows 4-6 standard tea bags (depending on desired strenght), half a gallon of hot water (bring to boil), and 1-1.75 cups of sugar (depending on desired sweetness). Combine all three in receptacle of choice (I just use a gallon pitcher). Allow tea to steep for 5-8 minutes (strength of tea, again, longer=stronger). Then fill the remainder of the pitcher with ice. Stir before drinking otherwise the first few glasses are watered tea and the last few are straight sugar. Keep refrigerated and enjoy! For a kick, add raspberries and lemons OR blueberries and limes.

Kassel and Kate said...

Being from the south, sweet tea is a part of life. My grandmother's recipe is what I use and it is similar to bellarina's... with 6 tea bags and water per cup of sugar. Except I use these aladdin tea pots. here's an example on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Hall-Jewel-Tea-Aladdin-Tea-Pot-Infuser-/360384204868?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53e8929044
I've used other pots before but these vintage pots are the only ones that will make the tea taste like perfection. I don't get it at all! but my grandmother had one, my mom has one and I have one!
-Kassel

Anonymous said...

This is my grandmother’s recipe; it is my all time favorite. Steep 4bags of black tea in a half gallon of water, add ½ cup of sugar, and 6tbs. of lemon juice. So simple, but so yummy!

Daniella said...

Nicole - lol, i guessed lots of sugar as well!

Rose Petals & Lace - I've heard agave nectar is great for sweetening, i'll have to try it!

Jacquelyn - Hahaha, too funny! We HAVE to meet one day, lol. Thanks for checking for that recipe!

Bellarina - Wow, seems easy enough! I'm definitely going to try it with lemon and raspberries, yum! Thanks!

Kassel - Aw, that's so sweet to have your grandmother's recipe, that Aladdin pot is so cute, hahaha! Thanks for the recipe!

Anon - Mmmm, adding straight lemon juice would be great too, thank you!

sami said...

love the idea of drinking iced tea out of a mason jar! yummmm!

xo
sami

Paula Puryear Martin is said...

That's so funny. Never thought of their being a recipe. I'm from the south and we just wing it.

The key, though, is basic black tea bags and refined white sugar. Tetley is good but even Lipton. You cannot make real Southern ice tea with fancy tea bags. We just wing it with the tea bags, but we like it strong, so I'd do no fewer than 4 for a half gallon jug. Then sweeten it to taste as this is a very individual thing. Of course, you should be liberal with your sugar or it won't be real Southern style sweet tea.

Ingrid Mida said...

I'm not an iced tea fan myself so I cannot offer you a recipe. But, I did want to say that I am from Toronto. What part of Canada are you writing from?

Daniella said...

sami - i love the mason jar part too, lol...

paula - i drink tetley tea normally, so that works! thanks for tips!

ingrid - i'm near Toronto actually! Just about an hour away.

Sung K. said...

Whatever recipe you do follow, just make sure you're using Luzianne tea for authentic Southern iced tea! Makes a difference, I promise!

emily said...

I forget people don't drink it sweet! I grew up and discovered calories so now this Alabama girl by way of Georgia treats herself on occasion. Basically it's what hummingbird's drink-sugah water! Lots of good black tea with lost of sugah, sugah! Sometimes my Ma would add a little grapejuice and stir with her finger-she said she was adding more sweet love. :) I'm thirsty all of a sudden.

Sarah said...

1 medium sized pot full of near-boiling water
3 Tetley tea bags (the larger family size ones, or 5 of the smaller version)
3/4 cup sugar

This is how my grandmother, mother, and I have always made our tea. Strong and sweet, and very southern!

Anonymous said...

Seems like there are as many recipes as people who make it. Here's mine and I get compliments on it all the time. (I am from Arkansas). Heat water in the kettle and pour about 4 cups boiling water over 5 regular size Lipton Teabags. Let steep about 5 minutes. Any longer and it gets bitter. Also, I'm not a fan of sun tea, which tastes soured. After 5 min. of steeping, remove the tea bags with a slotted spoon. Pour in 1 cup sugar and stir to dissolve. Finish up by adding 3 quarts cold water. Serve over ice with or without lemon wedges.

Kinga said...

Hi Daniella...
I just tried the mango madness white tea from David's Tea and I fell in love. I steep it for longer than they suggest because I like it strong, then I add honey and let it cool. I like drinking it with a slice of lemon...yumm!

Hope all is well.
Happy tea time to you!

Caitlin said...

This sounds delicious! And the sun is finally shining in SF so I should make some right away.

amy b.s. said...

share it if you find one you like. i'd love to know how it tastes as well.

Amanda said...

I'm originally from GA and I agree with the "wing it" comments but I'm surprised by all of these boiling kettles y'all had going in the hot, hot heat. This was how my mom always did it -- fill water reservoir of standard 12 cup coffee maker with water, place 4 regular Lipton (yes, Lipton only) tea bags in the carafe, let the machine do the work, honey! Transfer the hot tea to a gallon pitcher, add 1.5-2 cups sugar and fill with cold water. Tada!

Anonymous said...

I'm from Mississippi, and my family drinks about a gallon of sweet tea a day! Here's how we do it...
1. fill up a tea pot with water, and put it on a burner on high.
2. As soon as the teapot starts singing, remove it from the burner, and add 4 LARGE(family size) bags of Lipton black tea.
3.Let it sit til it cools, then pour it in a gallon jug, over a cup and a half of granulated sugar.
4.Add water til the jug is full, then put it in the refridgerator. It's best to wait til it's cold to drink, and you absolutely must pour it over as much ice as you can fit in your cup! For best results, drink your tea from a mason jar! lol

Anonymous said...

I'm canadian too and was born and raised in montreal, but later moved to toronto for 6 years. Two years ago i moved down to the outer banks in NC, and as soon as i came to the south i was introduced to sweet tea. If you ask for Iced Tea in any restaurant they ask you "sweet or unsweet". Mostly a lllllll restaurants brew they're our tea and sweeten one pitcher and leave the other unsweet. My husband (who's born and raised in NC) uses lipton orange pekoe or black tea. once its done brewing it as usual, add sugar to your liking, refrigerate in a pitcher and your done. its so simple, and i'll neeeever go back to Nestea Iced Tea.

Amoni B said...

sometimes i boil some bay-leaf tea from the natural leaf then add honey. Then I let it cool then add some ice and slices of lemon or lime. it is good. i don't know the measurements i just use a taste test. sometimes i buy iced teas from the supermarket though. but i like many homemade ice tea recipes. it just taste much better

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