Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Georgia Sweet Tea

I finally tracked down that sweet tea recipe I was gushing about in my last post.

Well, sort of. 'Recipe' is being a little generous. As I expected, after showering dear southern Mel with compliments and asking what her sweet tea recipe was, she waved her hand at me and said, "Oh, honey. That was nothing. It's just tea."

But I was relentless. I continued interrogating her about specifically how she made it, and she finally buckled. She was right, there really wasn't that much to it, but I just wanted to be able to copy her method as closely as I could [most important: lots of sugar]. I'm sure I'll never quite achieve the level of deliciousness that she did, because I'm guessing southern hospitality is a key ingredient. But I'll definitely try.

So brew up a glass pitcher of this sweet concoction, pour it over some ice, and sip it in the rocker on your porch.

Mel's Georgia Sweet Tea


3 family sized black tea bags
[Mel just used "the cheap stuff, decaf"]
1.5 cups sugar
12 cups water

1. Boil the water on the stove. Turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Steep it for about a half an hour.
3. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour into a 3 quart pitcher.
4. Pour over ice and enjoy.


  1. Sounds like you are having fun down there! Have a glass of the sweet tea for me! :)

  2. Well I'd have to say that we just boil water with tea bags, 9 of them, which are smaller then family size. Add about 2 1/2 cups of sugar to a gallon jug of tea and ta da! I like it after about 2 days when it is nice and sweet! LOL



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