Sweet Tea

Why would you drink that store-bought stuff, even in those fancy bottles, when you could have Gran's iced tea? No matter when I'd stop by, Gran would have a jug in the fridge. It didn't much matter what we were eatin'-boudin or chicken-fried steak-I always looked forward to a glass of that sweet tea. Sookie doesn't cook much when I come 'round, and she certainly ain't been makin' tea like Gran used to, so usually I'll just settle for a beer. But when it gets real hot and I'm comin' off a tough road-crew shift? That's when I miss it most. JASON STACKHOUSE

Copyright 2012 by Home Box Office, Inc. Food photographs copyright 2012 by Alex Farnum Recipes by Marcelle Bienvenu
Show: Unique Eats Episode: Reinvention

Photo: Sweet Tea

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  • 3 to 5 tea bags, depending on how strong you want your tea
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
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Put the tea bags in a heatproof container and pour in the boiling water. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags. Add the sugar while the tea is still warm and stir to dissolve the sugar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Fill tall glasses with ice and pour in the tea. Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve immediately.

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  • on June 15, 2013

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    How disappointing! 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water? What are YOU making? Sweet Tea Syrup? Only 3 to 5 minutes steeping? What? YOU only like a "hint" of tea flavor? What Southerner taught you to make Sweet Tea? I live in Alabama. I am 56 years old and have been making tea since I was knee high to my Granny! And THAT is not how to make "Sweet Tea"! And that is not how they make it in Louisiana either! Get back to me if you'd like to know how to make real Southern style "Sweet Tea".

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