This classic Southern-style sweet tea recipe came to us from Mobile, Alabama resident and founder of the Southern Sweet Tea Sip-off, Jay Bob Grelen. On hot days, Grelen downs between one and two quarts—with gusto. “I’m a Southern Baptist,” he says, laughing, between seeps. “I can’t drink, can’t cuss, can’t dance, and can’t go to Disney World. All I have left is sweet tea.” Grelen favors Hill + Brooks quart-sized tea bags for his recipe, but other brands of black tea may be substituted. For more advice on how to brew iced tea, check out our comprehensive guide, here.
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- 2 quart-size tea bags (or substitute 5 single-serve tea bags), preferably black tea
- 2 cups sugar
- Lemon wedges, to serve (optional)