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Aunt Chrissy’s Holiday Classic Sweet Tea

This southern tradition isn’t just a summer treat anymore—it’s a year-round delight.

Aunt Chrissy’s Holiday Classic Sweet Tea


12 black tea bags
2 c. sugar
Mint leaves and/or lemon slices (optional)


1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepot. Turn off heat and leave saucepot on hot burner.

2. Place tea bags in pot individually, fully submerging in hot water while leaving strings exposed; steep for 20 minutes.

3. Add 2 cups of sugar to 2 cups of water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until all sugar has fully dissolved.

4. Remove tea bags, squeezing the liquid out of each bag into the saucepot. Add sugar-water solution to tea in saucepot and stir.

5. Pour tea mixture into a gallon pitcher or bowl. Add 10 cups of water and stir to mix with tea.

6. Chill for serving later or add ice for immediate enjoyment. Add lemon slices and/or mint leaves, if desired.

Makes 1 gallon.

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