Southerners swear by their traditional sweet ice tea and drink it by
the gallons. In the South, ice tea is not just a summertime drink, it is served year round with most meals. When people order tea in a Southern restaurant,
chances are they will get sweet ice tea. Andra Cook, a friend and co-author of my first cookbook, makes delicious sweet tea using a sugar substitute in place of some
of the sugar. You will definitely love this sweet tea!
Learn about the
History of Ice Tea and Sweet Tea.
Also check out
Juanita's Southern Ice Tea and more great
Andra's Sweet Tea Recipe - How To Make Sweet Tea
Iced Tea and Sweet Tea
Yields: 1/2 gallon
Prep time: 15 min
5 cups water, divided
2 regular-size tea bags
Pinch baking soda
2 (1 grain each) Saccharin tablets*
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 cups cold water
* A white crystalline powder
having a taste about 500 times sweeter than cane sugar, used as a
Bring 3 cups water to a
boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags and baking soda; let steep 1 minute
and then remove tea bags. Add remaining 2 cups water.
In a large pitcher, add saccharin tablets and sugar.
Add warm tea and stir. Add additional 3 cups cold water and stir until
well mixed. Cool and serve in tall glasses over ice.
Yields 1/2 gallon.