Real North Carolina Sweet Tea

Carrot Top Christie

"My grandmother lived by sweet tea, like a rule. Her fridge was never, ever without it. It could only be made one way, in her opinion, and this is the way. She felt that the sugar shouldn't be scorched and should be properly dissolved. A few notes about this tea: It is exceptionally sweet! Feel free to tweak the sugar amount for your preferences. Also, if you are watching your sugar, it can easily be substituted with Splenda following the same recipe."
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  1. Fill a gallon sized pitcher halfway with water and pour into a pot. Bring just to a boil, then remove from heat.
  2. Add tea bags and allow to steep for 7 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags, being sure to press them against the side of the pot first. Add sugar and stir until completely dissoved.
  4. Fill pitcher a quarter full with ice, then pour very cold water in until half full. Carefully pour in the sweetened, concentrated tea. Stir well. Serve over lots of ice, garnished with lemon or orange slices. Enjoy!


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