This recipe for sweet tea is a combination of how my mom and my mother-in-law make it. My mom brews the entire tea, while my mother-in-law makes a concentrate.
You will need:
2-Cup glass measuring cup
1 small saucepan (you may also use a tea kettle to boil your water – I just couldn’t find mine)
4 liter pitcher
4 tea bags – orange pekoe and pekoe black (I use generic)
1 cup sugar
4 liters of water
Bring two cups of water just to a boil in the saucepan. While you’re waiting, place four teabags in the glass measuring cup.
Just as the water starts to a boil, turn off the stove and pour the water into the measuring cup over the tea bags. Let the tea steep for at least five minutes.
While you’re waiting on the tea to steep, pour one cup of sugar into your pitcher.
After your tea has steeped, use a plastic spoon to pour the tea into the pitcher. Make sure you are using the spoon to press against the tea bags. Leave the teabags in, and refill the measuring cup with water. Repeat the process several times until you the pitcher is about 3/4 full.
Fill the rest of the pitcher with water. Stir in all of the sugar (some of it will have already melted). Serve with ice in a mason jar.