Best Ever Sweet Tea

 Learn how to make perfect Sweet Tea every time. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without it.

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Whew. Is it me or is this week flying by? Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that we’re already in the middle of the week, especially since a three-day weekend is just around the corner – weeeee!

Before we’re celebrating the unofficial start of summer though, I thought it was about time that I’d share my very favorite summer drink with you all. It’s best when served ice cold and with a spritz of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Now I know what you might be thinking. How does a girl from the north have any clue when it comes to the sweet tea department?! After falling in love with that delectable drink during a trip to Texas a couple of years ago, I was determined to serve Perfect Sweet Tea in our MN home as well.

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I remember going on YouTube and watching video after video of true Southerners showing me how to make this concoction. After carefully following their instructions, I quickly figured out how to get the ratios just right and tweaked them a bit until I was sipping on a tall glass of iced tea that brought me right back to Texas.

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Now before I tell you the secret behind Best Ever Sweet Tea, I thought I would share a couple of pictures that my hubby and I took over the weekend as we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. I still can’t believe I’ve been a Mrs. for that long, ha. It seriously feels like we said “I do” only a couple of days ago.

We decided to celebrate last Saturday (our actual anniversary was yesterday) and couldn’t have asked for better weather. Both of us love animals and we’ve always wanted to go horseback riding together. So I contacted a local ranch and made sure we would be able to hit the trails on our special day.

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Pixie was the most gentle horse I could have asked for.  Her and Adam’s horse, Cricket, were best buds. How fitting :).

The afternoon was spent on a coffee date, taking a walk and just getting to talk. I am so grateful that even after being together for 8 years, we never run out of things to talk about and no matter what we’re doing, we always have the best time. Here’s to hoping that will never change.

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Here we are on our way to the restaurant. We chose to go to a local restaurant called “Sontes” and enjoyed tapas all night long. It was some of the best food we’d ever had. Now this may come as a shock, but I wasn’t even able to order dessert. I know! I stuffed myself silly. I’ve never had to turn down dessert after a meal – it felt so strange and something I never want to experience again. We’ll definitely be back to eat our way through their dessert menu soon, which I’m sure tastes equally as amazing.

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But let’s get back to the deliciousness at hand. You really only need three ingredients to make sweet tea. Tea bags, water, and sugar (or any sweetener of your choice). Since this is such a simple recipe that doesn’t need a whole lot of instruction, I wasn’t sure if I should even post it, but it’s too good not to. It had to be done!

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Let’s raise a glass together and welcome Summer. Yay!

Best Ever Sweet Tea
Here's the recipe to perfect sweet tea every time! My favorite drink during the warmer months.
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Ingredients
  1. 5 tea bags (I use Luzianne)
  2. 3/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup splenda, truvia or other sugar substitute)
  3. 2 quarts water
Instructions
  1. 1. Place tea bags into a medium saucepan and cover with just enough water. Bring to an almost boil, remove from the heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes. Remove tea bags from the liquid.
  2. 2. Meanwhile fill a 2 quart pitcher halfway up with water and add sugar. Stir until mostly dissolved. It's important to combine the sugar with the cold water before adding the hot tea liquid (to prevent it from tasting bitter). Add tea liquid and give it another stir. Fill the rest of the pitcher with the remaining water and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until completely cooled. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon wedges.
Notes
  1. This recipe yields 2 quarts and can easily be doubled
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  1. You are a girl after my own heart! This sweet tea looks incredible!!

  2. Happy Anniversary to the both of you! You two are just adorable, and this sweet tea is also adorable! I love sweet tea, and I love how you have recreated it! Totally making this, this weekend! Pinned!

  3. Happy anniversary! Sounds like you had a lot of fun! And this sweet tea is perfect to ring in the holiday weekend, especially with the weather warming up like it is!

  4. Happy Anniversary!! Time DOES go fast doesn’t it!! My hubby and I are celebrating our 15th this June: Crazy!! My husband is a big fan of tea so I’ll have to give this recipe a whirl this summer!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wow! 15 years is quite an accomplishment! Hope you’ll have a great time celebrating real soon. Maybe you’ll be able to surprise him with this sweet tea – I think he’d love it.
      Thank you!!

  5. Aaw happy anniversary Kathi! Your weekend sounded like a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ We are big fans of tea and this looks super refreshing and perfect for the warm summer days ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Happy anniversary to you, Kathi! What a sweet celebratory weekend. While it may be simple, I’m SO glad you posted this recipe. I’m from NJ and currently live in CA, but we’re moving to the south soon and I’m a total newbie when it comes to sweet tea. I have a feeling this recipe will save me! Pinning this! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I hope it comes close to what you will be tasting. You have to let me know how it compares to the sweet tea down south!!
      It’ll be so fun to read about all your new experiences once you move and about all the new food you’ll encounter along the way. Can’t wait :). Oh, and thanks for the pin, dear!

  7. Happy Anniversary. Beautiful picture of the two of you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to make some of this sweet tea soon. Love sweet tea.

  8. Pixie and Cricket? So cute! Happy anniversary! I’ve never had sweet tea before, but your pictures look so delicious and refreshing, and perfect for this warm weather we’re actually enjoying!

    • I know. Aren’t those the cutest names ever?! Thank you so much, Denise. Hope you get to try sweet tea sometime – it’s so good!

  9. My goodness Kathi-this looks amazing!
    Happy anniversary!

  10. Wait you’re from MN?! How did I not know this! Sweet! And this tea looks fabulous too!

    • Ha! Yep, I sure am :). Just another reason why I can’t get enough of your blog – I love finding fellow Minnesota bloggers! Thanks, Julie!

  11. I love sweet tea! I have family who lives in Kansas, and they make their tea EXTRA sweet! Isn’t cold tea just the best on hot summer days?

    Happy anniversary to you and your mister!

    • Thank you so much, Natalie. Yeah, I heard that some states like it sweeter than others, ha. I am down for any sweet tea I can get my hands on – it’s the best!

  12. I always shock myself when I am too full for dessert too! I feel like it has a separate compartment. This tea is perfect for summer!

  13. I have never had sweet tea! These photos are gorgeous though, and make me want to try it! Happy Anniversary!

  14. Happy Anniversary! A big tall glass of perfectly sweetened tea is the best! So refreshing and delectable on a warm summer day!

  15. Mmmm, nothing like sweet tea in the summertime! (80 degrees here today, I LOVE IT!).
    Happy Anniversary!

  16. Happy Anniversary! This looks really good and I love the photos!

  17. Pretty pictures…the tea looks super yummy:) pinned to try. found at showstopper saturday. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  18. Your sweet tea looks fantastic!! There is pretty much nothing better to sip on during the summer than a great glass of iced tea! Have pinned. ~Erin

  19. sweet tea, thanks so much !

  20. It look delicious. Thanks so much !!!

  21. I have always had a soft spot for sweet tea, but since my nan passed, no-one can come close to making it the same way she used to.

    Going to give this recipe a shot!

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