Being a resident of the South, a staple of my daily diet is amazing sweet tea. Having awesome sweet tea can make or break a meal. I have always been partial to the traditional sweet tea people have made in this region for decades: tea bags, boiling water, and an ungodly amount of pure cane sugar. I swore by this traditional recipe, until one fateful day. I was introduced to a new, tasty spin on traditional Southern sweet tea that makes it even more refreshing, and get this: healthier! This simple recipe will change the way you think about and drink your tea on those hot and muggy days.
1. In a small pot, fill nearly to the top with hot water.
2. Insert 1 gallon sized tea bag or 4 small sized tea bags.
3. Insert 1 bag of Bigelow’s Plantation Mint tea.
4. Place the pot on the stove, and bring the water to a full, rolling boil.
5. Allow the water to boil with the tea bags for approximately 2 minutes.
6. After 2 minutes has elapsed, immediately remove the pot from the heat.
7. Pour approximately 2 cups of sugar (use more or less for taste) in a 2 quart pitcher.
8. Pour the brewed tea over the sugar, and stir to combine.
9. Fill the remainder of the pitcher with cold water.
10. Pour into a mason jar over ice, and Enjoy!
This recipe allows you to use less sugar since the natural sugar in the mint tea replaces the need for crystallized sugar. Also, the mint tea is a wonderful antioxidant, as well as the black tea found in Lipton, Luzianne, etc. Use this recipe for those muggy days spent working in the yard for a simple and refreshing taste of the South.