Sweet tea has many nicknames. The Champagne of the South, Sugar Water, Carolina Kool-Aid. No matter what you call it, you have an opinion on what is good sweet tea! There was a time when the ingredients used to make sweet tea were very expensive. It would have been a luxury and it was only brought out when company or very important people came to visit. The 3 main ingredients, tea, sugar, and ice had to be shipped. Who has the best sweet tea? We asked and you told us who you thought had it.
Ones That Didn’t Make The List But Still Have Great Tea
We had a lot of places voted to have the best tea but here are some that didn’t make the list
- Most every Mexican restaurant in Augusta & Aiken
- Road Runner
- Publix Deli
- Old McDonald Fish Camp
- Hoagie Joes
History of Sweet Tea
So how did sweet tea get started? According to Royal Cup Coffee & Tea, its history goes back as far as 1879. The tea made back in 1879 was found in a cookbook titled, “Housekeeping in Old Virginia” created by Marion Cabell Tyree. The original recipe used green tea. In the first recipe, Marion Cabell Tyree was looking for a way to flavor the tea. With a few different things tried, sugar and lemon were the winners.
Green Tea was the only tea we had in America so it was used to make tea. Once black tea was being imported to America sweet tea changed and it was mainly because the price of black tea was much cheaper.
So How Do I Make My Sweet Tea?
Mine is simple. 8 small Luzianne tea bags. Put the tea bags into a cold pot of water and turn on the heat. Once it comes to a boil, it’s ready. While waiting for your tea bags to reach boiling status, you put two cups of pure cane sugar into a pitcher. Then as you are pouring the pot of tea into the pitcher, use a spoon to squeeze the bags against the pot to get all the goodness out. Then fill the pitcher the rest of the way up with cold water. Place in the refrigerator and let it get cold.
To me, there are a few things you can’t do to sweet tea. Once it’s made, you can’t add sugar to it to make it sweet. No little sugar packets will make it sweet. You also do not put ice in a cup and drink it immediately. It must have a cooling period.
People have put their own touch to making tea. You have the ones who like to put the tea bags in a pitcher and let the sun do the work. People use baking soda in their recipe. The one thing that I have learned, there is no right or wrong way to make sweet tea. The right way is your way. There are a few things that can go wrong when it comes to sweet tea. You can boil it too long and the bag will bust and the leaves get in the tea and you can also let it sit too long and it gets old.
Other than that, it’s all good. So now let’s see who you voted that has the best sweet tea!