Old Fashion Sweet Tea is also known as southern sweet tea. It is a simple iced tea recipe is enjoyed during the hot summer months or any time of the year. You will love this homemade sweet tea recipe, it is after all the house wine of the south!
I Love Sweet Tea
I love old fashion southern sweet tea. I never knew growing up that iced came unsweetened. I assumed all iced tea was sweet tea.
The first time I ordered iced tea in a restaurant, it, of course, was not the southern style sweet tea I was used to. So I ended up grabbing handfuls of sugar packets to sweeten this ice tea. My lesson was learned, never assume that all iced tea is old fashioned sweet tea.
Simple Iced Tea Recipe
Since that restaurant incident twenty some years ago with my iced tea, I learned how to make real southern sweet tea. What I found is you actually need a simple sugar solution for a simple iced tea recipe. When I did those sugar packets in the unsweetened ice tea, the sugar never dissolved.
So I had the bottom of the glass covered in sugar. With a simple sugar syrup, you do not get that gritty sugar taste in a homemade sweet tea recipe. That is the real secret to the house wine of the south, sweet tea, simple sugar syrup.
Old Fashion Sweet Tea
I think I was a Southern in a past life. Why do I say that? Well, one I have been told I look like I am from the south. Yes, that is correct you read that right. I had people here in Cleveland ask me if I was from the South.
Once I open my mouth and my Pittsburghese comes out they realize not, I am a Pittsburgher, a “Yankee” just like them. That could be why I love sweet tea. Sweet tea is the wine of the south.
Proper southern ladies love to sip on their sweet wine in the blistering heat that the south is famous for. Ok, I will admit I learned that bit about old fashion sweet tea from the movie Steel Magnolias. There is a scene where Dolly Parton was offering Julia Roberts some sweet tea and she says:
The house wine of the south
I know it is easy to just go buy southern sweet tea at the stores. You can get in a 2 liter in the soda/ pop aisle to a gallon of it in the dairy case. That sweet tea is just not the same as good old fashion sweet tea you make at home.
The freshly brewed homemade sweet tea recipe over ice just quenches your thirst. With the heat of summer now upon us, trust me I am sipping away on this southern sweet tea recipe. It is a simple iced tea recipe to make that you will want to brew up a pitcher yourself this summer.
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups water
- 10 tea bags
- In a large saucepan add the 4 cups of water.
- Next, add the cup of sugar to the water.
- Stir until the sugar dissolves and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat off and add the tea bags to the water.
- Let the tea bags steep for 10=30 minutes. Depending on how strong you like the tea to be. (for me 30 minutes is ideal)
- Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into the pitcher.
- You can add a little cold water to it if the tea is too strong.
- Serve it over ice and ENJOY!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0