When the weather gets warm around here, it's time for tea - southern sweet tea, that is!
Boiling the sugar and water together will result in crystal clear tea - no sugar floating around in the glass either. Start by bringing 8 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar to a full boil.
Turn off the heat and add 8 tea bags - I have a friend who was born and raised in the South and she insists Luzianne is the best for sweet tea, but you can use your favorite brand.
I tie the strings together so the tags don't float around in the tea - makes removal easy too. Steep for 20-30 minutes.
Remove tea bags and gently squeeze to get all that yummy goodness out of them. Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda - yes baking soda. It will eliminate any acidic bitterness and you'll never know it's in there. Add 8 large spearmint leaves, stir well, and pour over ice (equal parts tea to ice).
Now sit on the porch and enjoy!
Southern Sweet Tea with Mint
Makes about 1 gallon
8 cups water
1 cup sugar
8 tea bags
5-6 mint leaves
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
8 cups ice
Additional mint leaves for garnish
Bring water and sugar to a full boil.
Remove from heat and add tea bags.
Steep for 20-30 minutes.
Add mint leaves and baking soda; stir well.
Pour tea over ice and enjoy.