In a medium-size aucepan, heat 2 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar and bring to a boil; boil for 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, and steep 8 regular-size tea bags in sugar/water mixture for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow mixture to cool slightly before pouring into a gallon-size pitcher. Add three quarts cold water to the pitcher. Allow tea to come to room temperature before chilling in refrigerator. To serve, pour chilled tea into iced-filled glasses. Makes about one gallon.
A couple of sweet tea tips:
Allow brewed tea to cool to room temperature before placing in refrigerator. Tea that is cooled too quickly will become cloudy.
Never add ice to hot tea. Add ice to drinking glass and pour chilled brewed sweet tea over the ice cubes.
To avoid diluting iced tea, ice cubes can be made from brewed sweet tea.
In a class of its own in the South, "sweet" iced tea is virtually an unknown entity in many parts of the country. Iced tea is consumed year-round in Southern states.
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