There really aren’t a lot of people out there than can make a decent gallon of southern sweet tea. Many try, but most fail miserably. Believe me folks; there is an art to making this stuff. You can’t just throw a handful of tea bags in some hot water and hope to come out kicking. I am going to show you how to do it the right way, so pay attention kiddies.
This recipe is based on nearly one-hundred years of southern sweet tea production in my family. From generation to generation, we have mastered the fine art of making true southern sweet tea. Give this recipe a try and I promise you will love it!
To make the perfect gallon of southern sweet tea you are going to need nine regular sized tea bags, one cup of sugar and one gallon of filtered water.
Pour one cup of sugar into a gallon sized tea pitcher and set it aside for later. Now, fill a two-quart sauce pot about ¾ of the way full with crystal clear filtered water and place it on the stove on high. When the water begins to boil, drop nine regular sized tea bags in and reduce the heat to low. You want to simmer the tea slowly until you notice a heavy white foam begin to appear on the surface of the tea. That is where all of the flavor of southern tea comes from. When you see the foam, pull the tea. Pour the hot tea into your gallon tea jug and stir it all up to mix it with the sugar. Stir in the rest of the water and refrigerate.
The Wisdom of Southern Tea
Southern tea sets itself apart from other teas because of its strong flavor. That flavor is created when the natural enzymes in the tea leaves are released during cooking. The process can be seen as a heavy white foam that appears on the surface of the tea. That foam is the key to southern tea ladies and gentlemen. If you don’t see the foam, don’t pull the tea.