in’t nobody sweeter than Grandma B! This time-honored recipe is a staple in Connette households throughout the South, as well as for those in the frosty northern territory of Wisconsin. There’s nothing like opening up the fridge after coming in from a sweltering summer day of working outside and seeing a tall pitcher of cool, minty sweet tea waiting for you.
Grandma B’s Sweet Tea
Water (4 cups to boil, 4 cups to add after infusing)
Tea bags (2 Lipton Family Size bags—we usually go for decaf)
Mint (6-8 sprigs)
Sugar (1/2 cup—you can add up to 3/4 cup if you like)
Makes 2 quarts (1 pitcher)
1. Boil 4 cups of water (I usually just zap it in the microwave for 5 minutes)
2. While the water is boiling, go out and pick your mint. 6-8 sprigs will do.
3. Immerse 2 tea bags in the boiling water.
4. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar while it’s hot so it will absorb it all.
5. Lightly crush the mint leaves in your hands so they will release a stronger flavor. Add the mint to the water and stir.
6. Let the tea bags steep 3-5 minutes, then remove.
7. Add 4 quarts of cold water, plus some ice cubes if you like.