Southern Sweet Iced Tea

Sweet tea is a Southern essential. Iced tea on a hot summer’s day is comfort in a glass, and it has been hot on the South Plains. With triple-digit heat and recent humid streak we’ve had, I urge for something more than a glass of iced water.

Sweet tea brings me back to warm kitchens and family style dinners. “Would you like another glass?” was a routine question, with the answer always being “yes”. This ritual was a common courtesy. I not only learned that I should serve others, but to serve them before myself.


Southern Sweet Iced Tea


1 cup boiling water

1 cup simple syrup (1 cup of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of boiling water)

2 Tea bags

6 cups of water

Steep tea bags in one cup of boiling water, removed from heat, for five minutes.

Add simply syrup mixture, and let cool.

Pour into pitcher with 6 cups of cold or room temperature water, and stir. Pour over ice.

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