Just hearing those words make ya sigh a satisfied sigh...
I am a Southern Woman...
Southern women love their Sweet Tea...And... I have been told I make the BEST Sweet Tea in Texas!
I'm gonna let you in on my little secret.
Follow this simple recipe, and your life will be complete!
When I was in High School, I worked at a little Steak House in Texas City Texas called "Lone Star Steaks"
The Lone Star was known for miles and miles around for two things....
They had this amazing Green Olive, Tomato, Vinegar & Oil "House" salad dressing stuff.
(Oh Man!! How I wish I knew that recipe!!)
And... We made the Smoothest, Most Amazing, Last-Meal-Worthy, Sweet Tea in the South!
I'm not kidding!
The local police officers would stop by several times a shift to fill their thermos with what they called "Nectar of the Gods".
People actually tried to bribe me for the secret to the Perfect Sweet Tea.
I never gave it up.
I never told.
I was a good employee.Well, Guess what?!?
Love Star Steaks closed a few years ago!
So, I'm thinkin it's now ok to share the super-duper-secret recipe!!
There IS a small "secret" ingredient in this Tea.
It removes all bitterness and creates a smooth, clear amazing Tea!
Perfect Sweet Tea. (makes 1 gallon)
(Adapted from the Lone Star Steak House)
5 - 8 Family size Tea Bags. (or 12 regular Tea Bags)
( I prefer #1 Luzianne or #2 Liptons Brand Teas.)
1 Quart (4 Cups) - Boiling Water
3 Quarts (12 cups) - Cool Water
1 1/2 - 2 (one & a half) - Cups Sugar.
1/4 teaspoon - Baking Soda (this IS the SECRET Ingredient!!)
1. Sprinkle baking soda into a pitcher (I use a gallon-size Mason Jar but many people have voiced concerns about pouring boiling water into a glass container, so use whatever container you'd like)
Add Tea bags to the pitcher/baking soda,
Pour Boiling water over tea bags,
Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
2. Remove and toss out Tea Bags,
Add Sugar and Stir until completely dissolved.
Add Cool Water.
Refrigerate until cold and ready to drink.
3. Serve over ice,
Take a nice long sip.
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