When eating barbecue, sweet tea is the drink of choice around the country, although in the South, it's just "tea."
Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 20 mins
- 12 bags black tea
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- Mint sprigs (optional)
- In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Add the tea bags, cover and steep for 15 minutes; discard the tea bags. Add the sugar and lemon slices and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Transfer the tea to a 1-gallon pitcher. Stir in 7 cups cold water and the sprigs of mint, if using. Refrigerate until chilled; serve over ice.
- Prepare the tea up to two days in advance.