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Sweet Tea

October 2008
Sweet Tea

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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)
  • Ice
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Tip Get ahead:
  • Prepare the tea up to two days in advance.