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Your Commissary – It's Worth the Trip!
I'm always amazed when guests at my table are blown away by what they describe as the best iced tea they've ever tasted. They beg to know my secret, and claim they just can't make decent iced tea in their own kitchens! This is a bit of a mystery to me, but here are a few pointers to ensure success.
Follow package instructions for amount of water and tea to be used. Fill a pitcher with ice cubes (at least one ice-tray), pour the brewed tea over the ice, stir and add cold water if necessary until desired strength is reached. Let stand at room temperature or chill in refrigerator 15 to 30 minutes before serving.
For 6 to 8 servings of strong Southern Sweet Tea, use 4 cups water to 6 or 7 regular size tea bags. Add 2/3 cup sugar (or more, to taste) to hot steeped tea, and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into pitcher and stir in 2 to 4 cups cold water, until desired strength is reached. Chill in refrigerator until cold (at least 30 minutes). Serve over ice.