My mom has made tea ever since I can remember. It is served in those giant brown plastic tupperware jugs. Remember these guys??
I broke a glass pitcher once thinking I could pour boiling water into it minutes after it came out of the fridge. It shattered.
Keep pouring, this IS sweet tea.
You use a whole cup, or more or less depending on your taste. Just skip this part for unsweetened tea :)
It is important to get the sugar in the pitcher before the water and tea because you want to make a simple syrup
so the sugar completely dissolves and spreads throughout your entire batch of tea instead of settling on the bottom.
Once your sugar is ready, it's time to get your teabags prepared.
My mom taught me to rip off the paper tops and tie all the teabags (4-6 small) in a knot at the top.
See the tied teabags in my hand?
Get a wooden spoon, pour the boiling water into the pitcher and stir, stir, stir!
You want the sugar to dissolve and mix while the water is still hot.
Here is the little trick...get the water and sugar mix spinning, pull the spoon out and drop your teabags in.
They will spin enough to dunk under the water and start brewing without the force of water breaking open the bags and spilling tea.
Pull the tea out and toss those teabags in the compost!
You just want to add a couple cups or your tea will get too weak.
Alternatively, you can just fill glasses with ice, poor the warm tea over and serve immediately.
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