Is there anything better than kicking back on a hot summer day with a glass of ice-cold, sugary sweet tea? The rising temperatures make for lazy days, and the sweet tea can put some pep back into your step – if only to make it to the porch swing.
Some of the best sweet tea can come from restaurants. Personally, I find that Mexican and Chinese restaurants in the South have great sweet tea. Chicken joints like Raising Cane’s and Slim Chicken’s also have good tea.
I would advise staying away from pre-made sweet teas, for the most part. Many of the teas are not sweet enough for my palette and can have an off-putting twang. There are notable exceptions, like Red Diamond’s sweet tea, which is the champagne of pre-made sweet teas.
But the way to ensure that you have a steady supply of sweet tea is to make it yourself. So we’re going to walk you through the steps to make a pitcher of delicious sweet tea.
The first step is boiling water for the base. Boil 4 cups of water. Then you can either add tea bags to the water or pour the water over the tea bags. Let the tea steep for around 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags.
In the South, it’s de rigueur to make tea so sweet it can put your teeth on edge. This means
One of my favorite restaurants, Demo’ Restaurant, uses simple syrup to sweeten their tea, and it’s fantastic! You can make some simple syrup by boiling a cup of water and adding two cups of sugar.
Then you can add some more sugar. It’s all natural after all. Also, add in 1/8 tsp. of baking soda to remove some of the tea’s bitterness and make the tea clearer.
Stir the tea to make sure the sugar dissolves evenly.
Add water to the pitcher to fill it out.
And that’s an excellent glass of sweet tea! Sit outside and watch the fireflies, or you can drink it inside to avoid getting consumed by mosquitoes.