Tea - Brewing Sweet Tea
- 1 oz loose tea leaves
- 1 1/8 cup granulated sugar
1. Steep - In a large pot, bring half a gallon of filtered water to a boil. Once bubbling, remove from heat, dump in the tea leaves and agitate the water for 30 seconds. Steep for exactly 4 1/2 minutes - any longer and the leaves will release bitter tannins.
2. Meanwhile, fill the pitcher with ice cubes (ice halts the steeping process and will help lock in the robust flavor). Pour sugar over cubes. Place the sieve over the pitcher's opening.
3. Pour the brewed tea through the sieve. The hot liquid will melt the ice and begin to dissolve the sugar.