Sweet Tea

On a hot summer day nothing tastes better than a glass of sweet tea.

You don't have to be specific about the ice; sweet tea means iced tea with lots of sugar. There's a fine line between sweet and extra sweet tea, and not everyone can make that perfect pitcher.

"It's an art," said former Herald-Leader repoerter Jay Grelen, who now writes a column that he calls "Sweet Tea" for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He has made it his duty to preserve the dignity and sanctity of sweet iced tea.

A lot of Kentuckians feel the same way about sweet tea, but Grelen said it best: "Sweet tea embodies all that is good about the South and its hospitality."


2 quarts water
6 regular-size tea bags
1 regular-size orange spice-flavored tea bag
¾ cup sugar

Bring 1 quart of the water just to a boil in a tea kettle. Place the tea bags in a 4-quart container. Pour the hot water over the tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Place thhe sugar in a 2-quart pitcher. Add the hot tea and stir until the sugar dissolves. Fill the pitcher with 1 quart of cold water and stir.

Makes 2 quarts.